Rachael Heuring, 89, Publisher Emeritus of The Press-Dispatch, died Sunday night, October 18, 2020. She was co-owner of Pike Publishing with her sons, John and Andy Heuring.
She graduated from Winslow High School in 1949 and married Frank Heuring on April 22, 1950.
She had worked alongside Frank in Pike Publishing since the 1960s. They assumed co-ownership with Beulah Heuring in 1952. At the retirement of Beulah in 1974, Rachael was named co-publisher with her husband, Frank.
Rachael was also circulation manager during the 1990s and 2000s until she retired. In her early years, when the newspaper was still hot metal, she operated large table saws and delivered papers on the over-the-counter routes to area stores. When the blizzard of 1978 hit, she was out in the blizzard finishing the route.
She was involved in every part of the newspapers’ operations, from stuffing envelopes and circulation, handling payroll, to accompanying Frank on late night trips to the printer in Henderson, Ky. She helped load and unload bundles of newspaper for addressing and delivery.
In 1967, Pike Publishing, parent company of The Winslow Dispatch, purchased the county seat newspaper, The Petersburg Press. It became The Press-Dispatch.
In 1991, Pike Publishing purchased the Ft. Branch Times and the Owensville Star-Echo. The papers were merged into the South-Gibson Star-Times. She assumed similar circulation duties at the Star-Times as well.
She was an Auxiliary Member of Gideons International since 1973. She was a member of the Winslow United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees and was treasurer for many years.
She enjoyed playing bridge and board games.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 2018, her father, John Clark, in 1960; her mother, Auda Hedges Clark, in 1980; sisters Wilma Brewster, Wanda Gladish, Helen Duncan and Bonnie Corn and brothers Billy, Daniel and Richard.
She is survived by her sons, John and Andy; grandson, Alden and great-grandchildren, Flannery, Amelia and Rosamund.
Due to current restrictions, there will be no visitation. The family will have a graveside service on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Winslow. Rev. Tom Watson of Bethany Christian Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial Bibles or contributions may be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251.
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