Justin Anthony Charles Heard, 28, passed away in his home in Rantoul, IL, on February 22, 2016. Justin was born April 13, 1987 in Berwyn, IL. Justin is a graduate of Virginia IL High School and a previous resident of Minooka, IL. Justin is survived by his father and stepmother, Tony and Michelle Heard of Mahomet, IL, paternal grandparents Norris and Margaret Heard of Morris, IL, three brothers Gregory Crum and George Crum both of West Virginia and Jeremy Liccardi of Iowa and their families, one step-brother David Draper of St. Louis, MO and a step-sister Megan Draper of Riverside, CA. Justin is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Justin will not only be greatly missed by his family, but also by his online community, that was so much a part of his life. Justin spent much of his time supporting others in their struggles and his compassion for those who were hurting defined his character. Justin’s sense of humor never failed to lighten heavy situations. He brought joy to everyone he knew.
Justin was a previous employee of Best Buy in Oswego, IL, Tucson, AZ and Houston, TX. Justin was currently employed at Carle’s call center in Champaign, IL, where he loved his job and the people he worked with.
Justin struggled much of his life with bullying and tried to raise awareness and fight this hateful act. In lieu of flowers, money can be sent to Justin’s GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/memorialforjustin). Any money raised in excess of funeral expenses will be donated to an anti-bullying organization.
Justin was preceded in death by his mother, Kathy Heard, of Minooka, IL and his maternal grandparents.
A memorial service for Justin will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 3pm at Life Community Church in Mahomet, IL.
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