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Obituary for Thomas J. Heid

Thomas Joel Heid, age 83 of Orangeville, passed away on April 14, 2022. Tom was born on October 20, 1938 in Kalamazoo, the son of Matthew and Dorothea (Pritchard) Heid. Tom was a very talented Bobcat and motorcycle mechanic and worked at Perry Harley Davidson before moving to Richland Equipment and finally retiring from Carleton Equipment. Also, he did many mechanical repairs for friends and family in the Orangeville area throughout the years. Racing motorcycles was a big part of Tom’s life, including racing for 21 years at Daytona International Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and GingerMan Raceway, where he proudly wore the number 15. As a son of a sprint car racer, he enjoyed watching races at Eldora Speedway and the World of Outlaws for many years. In his free time, Tom also enjoyed riding in and organizing many benefit bike runs in his honor. He will be remembered as a caring man who had many different varieties of friends. Tom is survived by his wife, Judy Heid; children: Tammy (Carl) Eakins, Tommy Heid, Kelli (Doug) Bird; grandchildren: Rex (Lauren) Risner, Jennifer (Raymond) Lindsey; nine great grandchildren; sister, Susan Franklin; and several nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jackie Heid; siblings: David (Jackie) Heid and Judy McNiff. Tom’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home where his funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Orangeville. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Tom’s family.

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