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05/20/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Newt Heisley

Newton F. Heisley
(09 Nov 1920 - 14 May 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.        Newton F. "Newt" Heisley, original creator and designer of the    POW/MIA Flag, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2009 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 88.

   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 05/19/09 - "Death of My Dear Friend   Mr. Newt Heisley - POW/MIA Flag Original Creator and Designer":

Hi Carol,

... I have written to inform you that my dear friend (Newt Heisley) who was the creative designer for the POW/MIA Flag flown around the world, was placed in eternal rest this morning, following his death last Thursday, May 14, 2009. Newt visited with me on average about 3-4 times weekly and was in my retail store on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 to tell me that he and his fiancée (Donna) were going to marry. Some of you may know that I have supplied the POW/MIA Flags which Newt would sign and send to people around the world with his autograph, for a couple of years. I was also honored to supply a POW/MIA Flag which was buried with Newt this morning.

In the short couple years I have know Newt, I came to see him as one of the most caring, considerate veterans I have ever known. We enjoyed many conversations about his WWII days as a pilot and the many places of interest he visited during his 88 years on God's Earth. We often spoke of the many opportunities Newt was afforded to give back to our nation in support of our military men and women of all branches of the Armed Forces. Newt often spoke at POW/MIA Organization Functions; American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, local Civic Affairs and National Affairs in support of our Armed Service Members. As he would talk about these many opportunities you could sense the love of country and our veterans which Newt held within his heart. Just being around this man made you proud to be an American!

One of the most impressive aspects pertaining to Newt, was that he never expected any recognition for his creation; but once it was received, he carried that appreciation humbly without much fanfare! He often spoke about how honored he was to have been asked to create the POW/MIA Flag; and that all thoughts should be for those service members it represented; not himself!

In my humble, personal opinion, Newt was the personification of "A Great American" and I will miss him greatly.

May God Bless & Keep Him,

Butch Ragland, NNHS 63
May 19, 2009

PS: Newt did not want a funeral. He wanted a celebration instead and on Flag Day, June 14, 2009, we will be having that celebration at the American Legion Post #38 in Fountain, CO; just a couple miles south of Colorado Springs, CO. Many members of my American Legion Post #209 will also be there to wish Newt on through his eternal rest.


   Butch, I read your note with a combination of awe and astonishment, as I was unaware of any of the history you mentioned, let alone your close connection with this great American.  My sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend. Thank you so much for letting us know.  

From the Colorado Springs Gazette - 05/19/09:


Newton F. "Newt" Heisley
Newton F. "Newt" Heisley, age 88, of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away on May 14, 2009, at his home, after a short period of failing health.

Newt was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on November 9, 1920, to the late Newton C. and Frances Heisley.

He received a degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University and worked in the advertising business in New York City for many years. During that time, Newt designed the nationally recognized POW/MIA Flag.

In the early 1970's Newt moved to Colorado Springs and started his own graphic design firm. Shortly thereafter, his son Jim joined him and together they grew the business known as Heisley Design & Advertising. Newt was honored by the Pikes Peak Advertising Federation, under the auspices of the American Advertising Federation, as the 1982 Advertising Person of the Year, and awarded the AAF Silver Medal.

Newt Heisley

Newt was preceded in death by his beloved Margaret "Bunny" Heisley in 2005, after 61 years of marriage.

He is survived by his fiancée, Donna Allison of Colorado Springs, two sons, Jeffrey Heisley (wife Susan) of Alaska and James Heisley (wife Deborah) of Colorado Springs, one sister, Patricia Freshney (husband William) of Baton Rouge, LA, one grand-daughter, Sara Heisley of Colorado Springs, several special nieces and nephews, and a host of dear extended family members and friends.

Per Newt's wishes, there will be no funeral services and a celebration of his life will be held for family and friends on Sunday, June 14 from 1 to 4 pm at the American Legion Post 38 in Security, CO.

Persons wanting to make memorial gifts in Newton's name are requested to make them to USAFA Athletics, Football Program, 2168 Field House Drive, USAFA, CO 80840, Attention: Dermot Coll or The Home Front Cares (helps families of deployed troops), Inc. P.O. Box 38516, Colorado Springs, CO 80937-8516.

Published in The (Colorado Springs) Gazette from 5/19/2009 - 5/24/2009.
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May 19, 2009
An inspiration to us all and our community. He will be fondly remembered.
~ Diann Webb, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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May 19, 2009

We loved Newt and we will miss him. He was a truly splendid artist and human being.

Dan, Cheryle, Gabrielle, Mary, and Hannah Kapsak, Longmont, Colorado

May 19, 2009

Newt designed our Skyway Creations logo, the pilot in the hot air balloon, in the early seventies after arriving in Colorado Springs. Newt was, of course, an extremely creative man and, also, just a really great human being. The Goede family has always been proud to have been one of his first clients in Colorado Springs.
~ Don Goede, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colorado
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May 19, 2009

On behalf of the Tan Son Nhut Association,, please accept the sincere condolences of our members on the loss of a great American.

We in the TSNA honor the memory and sacrifice of our heroes at our annual reunion, where we begin our banquet with a POW/MIA Table Ceremony: 1 small round table, 1 chair leaning against the table, white table cloth, table set for 1, salt shaker, 1 lemon slice, black vase with yellow ribbon, black napkin, red rose, and an inverted water glass on the POW/MIA table.

“You Are Not Forgotten”

Bob Laymon, CMSgt (Ret.)
Director at Large (Pro Tem)
Tan Son Nhut Association
“Scatback” T-39 crew chief & flight mech.
September 1971 – September 1972
~ Bob Laymon, Universal City, Texas
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  Our deepest sympathies - and gratitude - are extended to the Heisley family and their friends.

   From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 05/20/09:

Good Morning Carol,
You are a real sweetheart.....  Thank you so very much for including Newt's Obit as a Memorial.  We became great friends over the past couple years and I greatly enjoyed our weekly visits, although I knew they would be short lived due to his age.  He really was a wonderful individual who wanted to do all he could for our service members.....
Thanks again for all you do for us.....
God Bless & Love to All,

   Thank you again, Butch. It was my privilege.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 – 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

POW/MIA flag clip art courtesy of - 05/20/09

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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