Philip Heller, 78, had family in New Milford

Philip A. Heller III, 78, of Bethel, died July 22, 2009, at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Joan (Bates) Heller.

Mr. Heller was born May 28, 1931, in Greenwich, son of the late Philip A. Heller Jr. and Mattie Maud (Smith) Heller.

Raised in Stamford and Jewett City on a farm, he moved to the Danbury area as a teenager and graduated from Danbury High School 1948. He had been an area resident ever since.

Mr. Heller was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean War.

An auto mechanic, Mr. Heller owned and operated the former Heller's Auto Sales and Service of Danbury.

During his courtship, and after marriage, while raising two girls, he faithfully helped his wife while she worked on her father's dairy farm in North Salem, N.Y. He used his expertise from his years of helping his parents on their farm.

In conjunction with his full-time position as a mechanic and his participation in church positions and activities, Mr. Heller always found the time to help his wife .

He was a member of the Baptist Church of Danbury, where over the years he served as deacon, trustee, Sunday School instructor, Youth Group advisor, choir director and member of the maintenance committee.

He was a dedicated husband and father who put forth such effort and endless support for his family and at the same time for so many other people.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Mr. Heller is survived by a daughter, Diane Cohrs, and her husband, David, of New Milford; a son-in-law, Uwe Wittkamp of Denver, N.C.; three grandchildren, Brian Wittkamp, and his wife, Kristine, Phillip Cohrs and Caitlyn Cohrs; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew Wittkamp and Justin Wittkamp. He was predeceased by his parents; and a daughter, Bonnie Wittkamp.

The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home of Danbury was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Baptist Church of Danbury, 14 Granville Ave., Danbury, CT 06810 or to the Nelson A. Gelfman, MD Renal Dialysis Unit, Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.