Phillip V. Heald

phillip heald
Phillip Vernon Heald aka "Lumpy", "Filthy Phil" (from South Bay Burglary Team days) of Gardnerville NV, formally of Southern California. He passed away unexpectedly May 18, 2008 at age 66. Born April 28, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Muriel and Fred Heald. He was a direct descendant of Chief Spotted Tail of the Brule Teton band of the Dakota Sioux tribe. At the age of 5, he moved from Los Angeles to the Bishop/Lone Pine area with his family. He attended Lone Pine High School and transferred to North High School in Torrance in his senior year, graduating in 1960. He married Mary Phipps Krusemark in 1977. He worked as an attendant at the 76 Gas Station and was a Hawthorne Police Reservist from 1964-1966. In July 1966, he became a full time police officer for the Hawthorne Police Department. His law enforcement career spanned more than 30 years including his police reserve service. He held several positions as a Hawthorne Police Officer, but was most proud of his undercover and detective assignments. He retired as an Agent in June 1994. After retirement from the Hawthorne Police Department, he undertook several part-time jobs including service with the Department of Defense and Desert Hot Springs Police Department during his retirement years. His most recent position was as a lieutenant with Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Reservation in Hemet where he worked as and trained staff in police dispatch. He made lifelong friends wherever his life journey took him. He was an avid outdoorsman; hunting and fishing with friends and family throughout the Sierra Nevada's and Western United States. He loved nature and being outdoors. He enjoyed riding his ATV and short "road trips" in his truck with his faithful companion, his dog, Meeka. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary Heald of Gardnerville NV; his children: Phillip Heald (Kim) of San Diego CA, Karyn Byrne (Andy) of San Diego CA, Raymond Heald of Gardnerville NV, Stanley Krusemark (Cecilia) of Las Vegas NV, Scott Krusemark of Tacoma WA, Steve Krusemark (Jackie) of Portland OR, and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Muriel Heald and his brother, Charles Heald (Sandy) of Carson City, NV, sisters, Teddy Jarvis of Dayton, NV, Vivian (Richard) Williams of Big Pine, CA and Vicki (Jack) McWilliams of Vidor, TX plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Heald. A memorial celebration of Phillip's life will take place June 2, 2008 at 11 am at Pacific Crest Cemetery, 2701 182nd Street (at Inglewood Avenue), Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Memorial gifts in memory of Phillip Heald can be made to the American Diabetes Association ( Rice Mortuary/Torrance is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Mary, You know how Linda and I feel about You and Phil. Your loss is our loss. I have been putting this off because it is so hard for both of us. Linda talked to Phil just a couple of days before all this happened. He sounded great. I talked with him a week prior and told him about walking the 10,000 steps a day and how to work up to it. He was enthusiastic. Phil and I go way back. He rode with me when he was a reserve, and later when he joined the department. My biggest memory of Phil was when we worked patrol together on nights. We had a commercial roof burglar working Hawthorne. Phil and I climbed on every commercial roof, every night trying to catch him. He appearantly felt the heat and moved on. We never did get him, but we sure gave it our all. Phil used to sign every e-mail with watch your back partner and keep your powder dry. I just don’t know what to say. I am at a loss. WE love you guys. Larry and Linda Ingalls.

  2. Where do I begin? Phil was like a brother to me as well as a good friend for over 25 yrs. It breaks my heart that he left us way way too early,, Its hard to believe he will no longer be an e-mail or phone call away. We considered his friendship a blessing, and totally respected and admired his values,, he was such a good man, My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends In my heart i know he will still be watching over all of those who were dear to him. Lonny & I will miss you buddy and you will always be close to our hearts All Gods Blessings Mary & Lonny

  3. Dear Phil, Wow..I can’t believe it. I just saw you four months ago. Go in Peace. Find Muzz and get a good fishing spot for the two of you. Watch over those you left behind. Ethan and I sent blessings to your family and all who had the honor of knowing you.

  4. Mary, I was so sad to receive the e-mail advising of Phil’s passing. Phil and I were hired at the about the same time and for many years were very tight friends. I will be at his service and hope to talk to you… rick (bear) prentice

  5. Mary; Phil was a true friend and a like a brother. I very much enjoyed working with him. I will also miss exchanging hunting and fishing stories and hope he finds that elusive “Big Buck” of his dreams. My wife and I had previously planned a trip to L.A. and I will be able to attend the Memorial. Hope to see you there

  6. Dearest Mary, My heart is broken over the loss of Phil. I praise God for the opportunity of talking with him just a few days before God took him home. You both have been so special to me all through the years. Hugs and Prayers, Nadine

  7. We share in your loss at this sad time, and are remembering you in prayers…This is quite a shock as we did not know Phil was ill. Blessings, Bob & Flo Such(Torrance Police Dept. S.Bay Burglary Team)

  8. Mary – I have such great memories of Phil. The one I remember the most is right after Phil joined the force we decided to take two bikes from the PD and ride up to Santa Monica. As it ended up I was racing around the gravel parking lot of a restaurant on the bike bath in Santa Monica and the handle bars came off and I ended up taking a terrible fall in the parking lot. Surface burns but lots of blood. We went into the bar to order a Bloody Mary and the bartender would not serve me until I washed some of the blood off. I still have gravel in my knees. Fun memories!

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