http://Eugene Henry DeWendt Heim (Gene), 39, a resident of Poquoson, Virginia, passed away from a very aggressive cancer on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
He was born and grew up in St. Marys, Kansas the son of Richard and Linda Erikson Heim. Gene graduated from St. Marys High school and from Wichita State University in 2002 and later received a master’s degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Aerospace Engineering. Gene dreamed of working for NASA for as early as he could remember and was honored to be a part of the NASA Langley family. He worked to promote advances in flight dynamics but took great pride in his accomplishments towards the development and launch of the rocket Ares I-X.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Kathleen Dorfler Heim, and two young children, son, Peter, and daughter, Lillian; his mother Linda Heim Chase; his father Richard Heim; sisters, Paula Heim Bryan and Mary Ann Heim Schindler. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a devoted engineer, a smiling role model, and an energetic dancer.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Gene will lie in state and the family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys from 5:00 until 7:00 where there will be a rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.
Gene so appreciated the power of education. His family wishes to extend the gift to others through a scholarship in his name at Wichita State University. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to https://foundation.wichita.edu/current-memorials