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    J. H. Hecker. The contribution of J. H. Hecker to the business development of Covington has taken the form of a first-class automobile garage, while his public-spirited citizenship has been expressed in sterling service in several public offices of importance. Mr. Hecker was born on a farm in Newton township, Miami county, September 6, 1881, a son of Fred and Mary (Shellhaas) Hecker. His father passed his entire life in agricultural pursuits in Miami county, where he was known as a man of honor and integrity, and he and his worthy wife were the parents of four children: J. H.; Lottie, the wife of Herman Wright; Elizabeth, the wife of Harvey Ellerman, and Kate, the wife of Gtis Eberenze. J. H. Hecker received his education in school district No. 9 , and as a youth learned the trade of carpenter. Like many young men in the country, he was attracted by railroading, and for a time fired an engine, but gave up this work to engage in the plumbing and tinning business at Covington. In 1906, realizing the growing importance of the automobile industry, Mr. Hecker opened the first repair garage at Covington. This he has developed into a large and important business. He employs three skilled mechanics to make repairs, maintains a supply and service station and carries a full line of standard tires and accessories. In connection with his garage he conducts a plumbing and electrical business, and in each of his ventures is winning a pronounced success. Mr. Hecker has been mayor of Covington, having given his thriving little city an excellent administration, and was a member of the city council for eight years. During the war period he acted as field examiner for soldiers' claims, and likewise served on the war chest and war loans committees. Mr. Hecker married Lucy, daughter of Samuel Miller, of Darke county, Ohio.


    John was buried on 26 October 1959  in the Highland Cemetery, Covington, Miami County Ohio. His grave is beside the one of 
    his wife Lucy (Miller) who was buried there on 3 July 1951. Their graves are in section A, Lot # 157 of the cemetery.

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