John W. Heimbach

John Walker Heimbach, 57, passed away peacefully at his home with his "adopted" family by his side and was carried away to heaven on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006.

John was born in Duluth, Minn. on May 8, 1949 to Janet and Jervis Heimbach.

He attended Congdon Park Grammar School and graduated from Duluth East High School on June 7, 1968. John attended Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Mich. and graduated with an electrical engineering degree.

He worked at the Port of Entry for a short time until he became involved with his band. The band, "We The People," was quite successful until the it dissolved and John took on new interests.

John was a manager at Schaak Electronics and later an electrical sales representative for Williams Control Equipment Co., where he was very successful.

John fought for 34 years with multiple sclerosis as it slowly took away the use of his body functions. He never let it get him down as he stated "It was better than the alternative."

John found many ways around his disabilities with the help of his adopted family that consisted of a nurse and six children who came to love him very much.

John went on vacations every year with his adopted family. He loved camping, eating símores and joking while enjoying campfires.

He loved to reminisce about his childhood and his boyish pranks.

John lived his life with dignity and great support from his adopted family.

Survivors include his parents and two brothers, Bob in Min-nesota and David in Idaho.

John is also survived by his adopted family, BJ and Michael Cragg, Pamela and Cesar, Trish and Josh, Amanda and Chuck, Lisa and Matthew, and Samantha and Tianna.

Preceding him in death were his favorite uncle, Phil Heimbach, and Pamelaís infant twins and single namesake "grandson."

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 at Johnís residence, 6283 Riesch Road, West Bend, at 2 p.m. with visitation from 1 p.m. until services.

Memorials would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

The Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend, is serving the family.

www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.