Frank J. Heidler III of Sister Bay, WI and Oak Brook, IL passed away peacefully at his home March 4, 2018 surrounded by his family. Frank was a lifetime lumberman and third generation owner of Heidler Hardwood Lumber Company. He was born in Austin, IL on August 20, 1928 to Frank J. Heidler Jr. and Sylvia Ulrici Heidler. He grew up in Riverside, IL where he graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School before attending Iowa State University. He then graduated from the University of Michigan and remained a lifelong fan. Frank was preceded in death by his loving wife Sallie J. Heidler, and is survived by son Skip Heidler (Debby) of Hinsdale, IL, daughter Betsy Steele (Jeff) of Chicago, IL, son Scott Heidler (Amy) of Lisle, IL, grandchildren Woody Heidler (Emily), Erica Heidler, Lindsey Mazeika (Jason), Kendra Zalar (Alex), Amanda Smith (Ryan), Kaela Steele, Gretchen Steele, William Heidler, Bradley Heidler, and great grandchildren Avery Mazeika, Emma Mazeika, and Jamie Zalar.
Frank surrounded himself with his family as often as possible in Door County and instilled his love of boating in all. He also donated his time and talents to the Graue Mill and the DuPage Republican Party. He served as Commodore of the Ephraim Yacht Club, President of the Hardwood Distributors Association, and Director of the National Hardwood Lumber Association.
He loved sailing, gardening, woodworking, and spending time with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for research and early awareness: Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Visitation and service is Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sister Bay. Visitation at the church at 1 pm, followed by a 2 pm service.