April 28, 1942 ~ May 18, 2008
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 (www.diabetes.org).
Rice Mortuary/Torrance is in charge of the arrangements.
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