Victor James Heller
Victor James Heller passed away Thursday November 14, 2019 with his wife, son and daughter in law by his side at his home. After a ten-year battle with Alzheimer's he crossed over the rainbow bridge to be met by a pack of faithful dogs, family, and best friends who preceded him. Victor was born on June 20th, 1950 to Dr. David Eugene Heller and Joy Miller Heller who preceded him in death. He grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma and was a true cowboy and Oklahoma State fan from birth. He had a closet full of orange t-shirts and cowboy boots. Victor earned his bachelors and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University in wildlife ecology. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Victor retired as the Assistant Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He had a passion for hunting and fishing which he enjoyed sharing with his son and his friends.
He was a member of the "Sloth" running group, a bicycler, Eagle Scout, farmer, ornithologist and wildlife biologist. He was a great camper and outdoorsman who loved to share the outdoors with others. He was a volunteer hunter safety instructor for many years. The wildlife and beauty of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons called him back to visit every year.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years and high school sweetheart, Linda Hall Heller of The Villages, FL, his son James Robert Heller and his wife Nicole of Ocala, FL, and his sister Janet Weaver and her husband Bob of Austin, TX. His church family was also a big part of his life.
A memorial service will be held at his beloved Faith Presbyterian Church where he was an elder and deacon in Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Faith Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Meridian Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32303 in Victor's name.
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Dave Bruneau
Nov 19, 2019
It has been years since I was a member of Stillwater's Troop 20 sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church. I had the privilege of taking the Bird Study Merit Badge from Vic. Vic was brutal in going above and beyond the requirements of the badge giving us a college level course in ornithology. Thank goodness he did as to this day I keep a copy of "Birds of North America", binoculars and a list of birds spotted. Vic left a legacy and didn't know it. Thanks Vic....!!!
Dave Bruneau
Nov 19, 2019
It's been years since I was a Scout in Stillwater's First Presbyterian Church's Troop 20.....I had the privilege of taking the Bird Study Merit Badge with Vic as our instructor. He was brutal in making us go above and beyond the requirements of the badge and truly giving us a college level education in ornithology. Thank goodness he did as I to this day I keep a copy of "Birds of North America" binoculars, and a list of birds I have spotted next to the back door. Vic left a legacy and didn't even know it...….Thanks Vic....!!!
Roland Garcia
Nov 17, 2019
My deepest condolences to the entire Heller family, especially for Linda. I truly loved Vic and I'm deeply saddened with his passing. No doubt he is in a much better place and I have faith that I will see him again. Much of my success at GFC/FWC is because of the opportunities and support I received from Vic. I can never thank him enough for all he did for me and for so many. God bless Vic and the Hellers. Please forgive me for my absence at Vic's memorial service as I will be away from Florida for a bit. With much love, Roland
Gary Griffin
Nov 16, 2019
My time with Vic - running and pretending to be working out at the gym at Myers Park during lunch, talking about birds, preparing Men's Breakfast at Faith Presbyterian, and simply being in his presence - were among the very best times in my life. His integrity, love of life, knowledge of the world around us and witness to his faith were all gifts in my life. I hit the jackpot when Victor and Linda came into my life. I'll hold fast to the memory of him. He's was one of the truly good guys.
Lisa Phillips
Nov 16, 2019
I am truly sorry to hear this, Vic was one of the good guys always fair and stood up for what was right. I enjoyed working with him at FWC, for many years. My prayers are with your beautiful wife and family.
Mark Alexander Trainor
Nov 15, 2019
I'm very sorry to here this news about Vic. He was really one of the good guys. I enjoyed my time with him working at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It's ironic, but I remember him talking about growing up in Oklahoma, now I'm living in Oklahoma.
Jim Knight
Nov 15, 2019
It was a privilege working with Vic for so many years at GFC/FWC. He was a fine man, one of the most ethical I've ever known. And a heck of an outdoorsman. All my best wishes to Linda and the rest of the family.
Allan and Marie Egbert
Nov 15, 2019
We were fortunate to know Vic Heller both through a personal and professional relationship. As a man, no one could stand up to his character; he was a great friend. Professionally, he was a wonderful asset to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Vic will remain a part of our memories that will always be close to us. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Heller family, especially Linda Very few people cross paths in life and end up making an impact — Vic was such a person!
Pam Parker
Nov 15, 2019
What a privilege to have called him Friend...