Certified Pet Loss Professional
Sue was born in Topeka, Kansas, and moved to Sedalia with her parents, Del and Stella Heckart, to operate the family business when she was nine years old. After graduating from Smith-Cotton High School, she received a B.S. degree in Economics from Missouri Valley College in Marshall. She attended the National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Management in Evanston, IL and then graduated from the University of Kansas Department of Mortuary Science.
Sue is a member of Broadway Presbyterian Church, where she is a deacon and elder. She is a former chairman of the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, serving as a member from 1987-1993. She is a member of the Helen G. Steele Music Club and the Sedalia Rotary Club.
As the chairman of the Heckart Family Foundation, Sue undertakes many philanthropic endeavors in Sedalia and surrounding communities.
Sue is a dog lover and has two Lowchens named Charm and Parker. She is also an avid Royals and Chiefs fan.
As a Certified Pet Loss Professional, Sue has been trained in assisting families in the loss of a beloved pet.
Certified Funeral Celebrant
Certified Pet Loss Professional
Jeff was raised in Otterville, MO, and is a graduate of Otterville R-VI School. He began working for Heckart right out of high school. He is a 2003 graduate of the Kansas City Kansas Community College School of Mortuary Science. He also attended Northwest Missouri State University for business management.
Jeff is married to Megan, and they two sons, Jonah and Jude. They are members of Katy Park Baptist Church, where he serves in the nursing home ministry. Jeff is president of the I.O.O.F. Cemetery Association and serves on the Pettis County Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board, and is active in the community.
He is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Life Tribute Professional, and is equipped to plan, design and conduct a unique and personalized ceremony that is built on the stories of your loved one’s life. He is the only celebrant in the Mid-Missouri area.
Jeff is also a Certified Pet Loss Professional, trained in assisting families in the loss of a beloved pet.
Jerry is a lifelong Otterville resident. He began working for Heckart part-time after his retirement from MFA Oil Company, previously known as Bixler Gas Company. He assists on many funerals and also does maintenance work around the funeral home.
He and his wife, Cheryl, are members of First Baptist Church in Otterville. They have three children, Cheri, Julie and Jeff, and six grandchildren, Ali, Evan, Emily, Mason, Jonah and Jude.
In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and competitive barbecuing.
Karen was raised in Independence, Missouri where she graduated from Fort Osage High School and attended College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Karen moved to Sedalia in 2003 and joined the Heckart family in 2013.
Karen is married to Ron, has four children, Chris, Danielle, Stephen and Justin, and five grandchildren, Dominick, Stephen, Addison, Makayla and Shakota. Karen is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sedalia where she is active in the women’s ministry, Missouri Mozambique Initiative and serves on the FUMC leadership board. Karen is also a member of the Sedalia Welcome Club and serves on the board of the Mozambique Orphan Fund.
In her spare time Karen enjoys reading, quilting and spending time with her family.
Jim has helped at Heckart for several years, but officially joined the staff in April 2014 . He has two children, Aaron and Alyssa, and is a member of First Baptist Church. He primarily runs the PALS business and assists in all areas at the funeral home.