Robert "RJ" John HeissMay 19, 1937 ~ May 3, 2017 (age 79)
Robert "RJ" John Heiss
A man of acceptance, patience, generosity, and love, Robert "RJ'' John Heiss, 79, was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He slipped away unexpectedly from us on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 due to complications upon suffering a major heart attack.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Merry Gail (Kubik) Heiss. It was a love story from start to finish. RJ is also survived by his son John Dayton Heiss of North Dakota and daughter Joanna Marie Heiss of Nampa, two grandsons Joshua Robert Pruett of Kansas, Justin Lynn Pruett of Montana, and 3 great-granddaughters. Sister-in-laws Arbell Thompson of Virginia, Mary Heiss of Nebraska, brother-in-laws Edward Gudgel of Nampa and Steve Gudgel of Pocatello. RJ is also survived by his wife Merry's four children James V. Taylor of Arlington, WA, Teresa G. Herz of Peyton, CO, Kimberly A. Taylor of Boise, ID and Steven E. Taylor of Pmtland, OR, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, all of whom adored "Grandpa Bob" as he loved them also.
Born on May 19, 1937 to parents Fred Porter Heiss and Opal Margarete (Stewart) Heiss in Huron, South Dakota. At the age of 8 years, his family moved to Nampa, Idaho with older brother Richard and younger brother Eugene. In 1955, he graduated from Nampa High School. He joined The Idaho Air National Guard where he served as crew chief, working on the F-89B Scorpion and the F-86L Saber Dog. He also participated in the Idaho National Guard Rifle Team.
RJ worked at Idaho Concrete in Nampa Id. He also worked at and managed Bob and John's International in Caldwell ID. When he tired of working for others he opened and m·vned 5th Avenue Auto and Truck repair in Caldwell, ID. He later went to work for O'Neil International in Boise and retired from Trebar Kenworth in Boise ID.
In RJ's younger years he volunteered as a Nampa Police Auxiliary Officer helping at major events like the annual Snake River Stampede. He also belonged to the Nampa Rod & Gun Club and was a lifetime NRA member.
In 1996, he moved to Lowman, Idaho with vvife Merry where he worked for the county Lowman Transfer site for ten years. RJ enjoyed working on their cabin, making it a beautiful home. RJ was a very talented man with so much knowledge and mastered whatever he chose. He was a gunsmith, locksmith and mechanic for the Lowman residences. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Lowman Fire District and driver for the East Boise Ambulance.
RJ loved to spend time with family and friends, fishing, camping, listening to classical music, puttering in his garage and reading.
Robert was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, his first wife Alyce L. (Gudgel) Heiss and oldest brother Richard.
RJ was so loved and admired that anyone who knew or met him was a better person for having known him.
A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 811S. Latah Street, Boise, ID 83705 on May 18, 2017 at 11:30 am. Luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, family suggest charitable donations to the Lowman Fire District or the East Boise Ambulance