Marshall Heaps Jr., 77

Owner of oil company

June 17, 2007

Marshall Thomas Heaps Jr., owner of Heaps Oil Co. in Cardiff, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Street. He was 77.

Mr. Heaps was born in Baltimore and raised in Cardiff, Harford County, where he graduated from Slate Ridge High School in 1947.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania in 1951 and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

He spent two years in the Air Force before returning to Harford County, where he married another Harford County native, the former Ann Procheska, in 1956. They raised four sons in Pylesville.

He bought an oil and gas distribution company from his uncle in the early 1960s. He owned Heaps Oil Co. for 45 years, leaving daily operations in 1995 to his son, Richard Scott Heaps of Street.

Mr. Heaps also owned Heaps Dairy Farm in Street, which belonged to his parents, where he and his wife built a home in 1990.

He was a lifetime member of the Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cardiff.

He belonged to the Masonic Esdraelon Lodge 176 and the Slate Ridge American Legion Post 182.

He also was an original member of the Hawks Endzone Club, which raised funds to start and support a football team at North Harford High School, where his sons and grandchildren have been students.

A funeral service will be held at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1630 Chestnut St.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by three other sons, Michael Thomas Heaps of Forest Hill and Allan Arthur Heaps and Robert Marshall Heaps, both of Street; and 10 grandchildren.

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