John Jeffrey “JJ” Heimbach, 39, of Clarksburg passed away on Friday May 15, 2020. He was born October 23, 1980 in Clarksburg, son of Jeffrey Heimbach and Susan Russell Winters both of Clarksburg.
JJ attended Fairmont State College. He loved his kids and spending time with family. He enjoyed reading, fishing, and watching sports, especially WVU and the falcons.
In addition to his parents, JJ is survived by four children, Patrick J Heimbach, Bethany D Heimbach, Jayden M Heimbach, John Cameron Allen Heimbach all of Clarskburg; one sister Nicole S Reed and Billy, Clarksburg; niece and nephews, Kristalyn M Long, Nathan C Stout and Deon J Hill; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
JJ is preceded in death by his brother, Marc Gillespie and stepfather, Neil A Winters.
Davis Funeral Home is handling the cremation arrangements for the Heimbach family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to his memorial website page to help his family with unexpected expenses. Online condolences can be made on Davisfuneralhomewv.com. Davis Funeral Home is honored to assist the Heimbach family.
Letter from the Family:
JJ was fighting a war within himself for a very long time, he was proud of his new found relationship with God and motivated to find and hold his secure footing in the fight for sobriety, but this gentle giant of a man is so very much more than his fight with addiction. The love that poured out of him is indescribable...to say he is a great father is a massive understatement. He is their protector, their personal army of one, their confidant, their friend, and what he takes pride most in, he is their Daddy. I say is instead of WAS -because the type of man JJ is -he will continue to play these roles to the best of his ability from the other side...
He is a mama’s boy like no other Miss Suzie said jump and this man would knock the devil over to try to jump high enough. He has so much love and respect for her and the secure footed stability, care, and love that she is for not only him, but the entire family...He felt so blessed to have her by his side helping him raise his children. They may have been his kids, but they have always been “her babies” and he loud and proud let everyone know it too. In my soul I know he is comforted and secure knowing she will continue to raise his children, “her babies”, and be everything and more to them, that she was to him.
He was very close with his sister all throughout the stages of life. They got each other into trouble, got each other out of trouble, and together they gave everyone trouble when necessary. They loved hard and sometimes fought harder and that was OK , because couldn’t no one else fight with one or the other or they was joined ,coming at them full force ,with a power and fury hell itself couldn’t contain.. he was her “big little brother”, she held and loved him at the beginning of his life and she held and loved and fought for him on the last day of his life, and for that he would be both apologetic and eternally grateful
He was so close with his niece and nephews, just as Nicole is with JJs kids ... to them they are all “their kids”. He had a unique relationship and close friendship with each of them. When it came to these kids- all of them -right or wrong- there is nothing he wouldn’t do.
I almost sound repetitive here but that is because this is who JJ is; his big self was all heart and fight. He has numerous friends that instantly became brothers or sisters and kids everywhere that became his kids ...riddled with “save everyone syndrome”, he would swoop into all of our lives and try his best to be “that guy” that either saved the day ,or at the very least stood strong beside us all in our worst and weakest times.
If I had to describe my friend with one word that word would be gravity. JJ is like gravity, he pulled you in and held you close with love, claiming you as his and if you were among those of us lucky enough to be his- you knew there was nothing he wouldn’t try to do for you. He was real and real is so rare in today’s world. We all were blessed with his role in our lives, and this world will never be the same without him.
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