Carl Frederick Heald, 87 of St. Joseph, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
A private service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to sign Carl’s book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Carl was born December 5, 1932 in South Haven, MI to Arthur and Josephine (McIntosh) Heald. He graduated from South Haven High School in 1951 and continued his education, earning his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1955. On April 12, 1958 he married Patricia Nitz in Baroda, MI at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Carl was key in developing the first analog computer in 1957 for Heath Company. In 1969 Carl opened his own business, Heald Inc., where he developed 2-wheel mini bikes and trykes in kit form. He proudly ran his business until he retired in 1982. Upon retirement he continued to work developing computer programs for local tool and die manufactures. Carl built his own Ultra-light airplane which he frequently flew solo over Lake Michigan.
In 1994 Carl found Jesus and his life was changed forever. He had a great passion in his love and work for the Lord. Carl was a selfless man who always put other’s needs before his own. He was an avid boater and loved spending time on the water with family; fishing and boating. Family vacations were a big part of his life; spent on Lake Michigan, in Canada, and in the Bahamas. He enjoyed family time, playing Euchre and other card games. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Berrien County and in the Bahamas. Carl was a faithful and dedicated member of The First Church of God.
Carl is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Patricia; sons, Arthur (Christina) Heald, Larry (Heidi) Heald; daughter, Tina (Roddy) Broome; sister, Reta (Joe) Hanson; brother, Jerry (Carol) Heald; 8 grandchildren; and 2, great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donna Jensen.