David Heritier, 66

COLUMBIA CITY — David A. Heritier, 66, a Columbia City attorney, died at 6:22 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Sept. 23 following a brief illness.He was born Feb. 24, 1945, in Indianapolis, a son of Claude Jules and Laura Ann (Bridges) Heritier M.D.He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1963, received his B.A. in Sociology and a master’s degree in American Studies from Purdue University, completing his education at the School of Law at Valparaiso University.On Nov. 16, 1969, he was united in marriage to Joanne L. Motz. They made their home in West Lafayette, Fort Wayne, Alpena, Mich. and Valparaiso before settling in Columbia City in 1978.He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in Presidio, Calif. and special operations in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.From 1980 to 1984 he served as Whitley County Court judge, beginning his law practice in 1984, David A. Heritier Attorney at Law.His memberships included Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks #1417, American Legion Post #98 where he was a former commander, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association and was Grand Marshall of the Old Settlers Day Parade in 2006. He was a former active member of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church.Surviving relatives include his wife, Joanne; three children, Claudia A. (Bob) Braman of Greenwood, Christian J. (Cathy) Heritier of Columbia City and David A.B. Heritier of Atlanta Ga.; five grandchildren, Ian and Meredith Braman, Julian and Marley Heritier and Anya Heritier; and four siblings, Jules Reed Heritier of Espanola N.M., Laura Ann Heritier of Fort Myers Fla., Jill Chapman of Columbia City and Jackson Peabody of Vero Beach Fla..The visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. There will be no public funeral service.Preferred memorials to Whitley County Community Foundation.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.