John Michael Heimann, 62, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020. He is survived by his sons, Nicholas and Anthony, his sisters, Mary Lynn and Carol, and his brother, Jim.
John was preceded in death by his father, Alphonse, his mother, Olivea, and his beloved wife, Theresa.
John was born in Los Angeles, CA, on April 11, 1958. As a California youth, he loved the ocean, and a casual, surfing lifestyle. Upon graduating from St. Bernard Catholic School, John completed a few semesters of college, studying history, a life-long interest. In the late 1970s, John and his closest friends moved from California to Wyoming to live the western American dream.
In 1983, John met Theresa Gilliland at La Belle's department store in Casper, WY, and married on August 17, 1985 on Casper Mountain. They began their family together in Colorado Springs, CO, with the birth of Nicholas in April 1987, followed by Anthony in July 1988. In 1993, John, Theresa and the boys moved back to Casper, where John pursued a career as an optician.
John was an avid fisherman, one reason he was passionate about making a living in Wyoming. However, without doubt, John and Theresa's favorite destination was Key West, FL. John also enjoyed cooking for others, laughing, listening to music, entertaining friends and making new friends, hunting, discussing current events with his sons, and supporting those in his community. John was an enthusiastic sports fan, particularly of the Denver Broncos, but above all, he was a dedicated Parrothead. His closest friends will surely remember innumerable football games, Jimmy Buffett concerts, and other festivities.
John was known as a sensitive and caring man and he will be missed dearly by the friends and family he leaves behind, and the countless lives he touched. John's positive and friendly attitude and care-free approach to life afforded him many friends and memories. Many in the Casper community may also remember him for a decades-long portrayal of Vermillion every summer solstice at Crimson Dawn.
John's life will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Casper, followed by an outdoor reception on the North Platte River (near The Pump House at 1st St. and Poplar St). Hawaiian attire is highly encouraged. Those wishing to honor John with flowers are asked to send arrangements to St. Anthony's Catholic Church, however, in lieu of flowers, John's family has asked donations be made to Reef Relief, (reefrelief.org) a Florida non-profit dedicated to preserving reefs in Florida's keys and educating on environmental protection, establishing a legacy to help preserve the place John and Theresa loved most.
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