Julia “Judy” Hechler was born September 30, 1937 in Lincoln County, Missouri, to J.T. and Floy Lee Mozier. She passed away peacefully after a brief illness at her home in Troy, October 3 2019. Her childhood was spent in the Old Alexandria community on the family farm – the well known Mozier Dairy. Judy worked hard in the dairy operation with her siblings Frances Rosalind and John Owen, working with and milking the cows, bottling milk and eggs, and delivering to local homes and businesses.
Judy was married to Robert Julius Hechler on August 13, 1955. She became not only Bob’s devoted marriage partner, but his business partner as well, as they spent their lifetime owning and operating the over 123 year old family business, Hechler Hardware in downtown Troy.
She was very active in the community. She was a long-time member of the Troy Holiness Church, and was a charter member of the Lincoln County Historical Society. She also served on the Historical Preservation Committee and worked hard to research and preserve local and county history. Her love of history, especially local history, and the study and research involved therein consumed much of her time.
Judy loved to travel, and spent many happy days traveling the world with friends and family. Some of the highlights of her travels were the excitement of discovering the Hechler family relatives in the town of Zwingenberg Germany. She visited with them twice in their homes and later her son Dan and his wife Kim enjoyed visiting them in Germany. Judy loved England and in 2014 traveled there with Dan and Kim and visited Highclere Castle where the popular TV series Downton Abby was filmed. Other highlights of her travels were seeing the pyramids in Egypt and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor Egypt. She also loved to collect antiques and items of family historical significance.
After Bob’s death in 2003, Judy served as President of Hechler Hardware, capably and successfully operating the business with their sons, Dan and Phil. Judy never forgot a birthday and loved to host surprise birthday parties for every employee at the hardware store on their birthday.
She decided to run for public office as well, and served as Alderman for the City of Troy for six years.
Judy is survived by: her sons: Dan (Kim) Hechler, Phil (Natalie) Hechler; her grandchildren: Ashley (Josh)Umphrey, David (Ashley Ann)Hechler; Curtis, Clayton, Colin Hechler and her greatgrandchildren: Michael, Ella & Luke Hechler, Graham & Bennett Umphrey; her siblings: Frances (Edgar) Wegener, Dr. John (Mary Lou) Mozier, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a large host of friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents J.T. and Floy Mozier nee: Creech, and her husband, the deeply cherished love of her life, Robert “Bob” Hechler.
Visitation scheduled from 4-8p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1304 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379.
Funeral service scheduled at 2p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Troy Holiness Church, 1220 Main St., Troy, MO 63379. Rev. Milton Schaper to officiate. Interment to follow in the Troy City Cemetery, Troy, officiating will be Dr. Steve Oliver.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lincoln Cty. Historical Society, c/o of the funeral home.
Family and friends are invited to sign our on-line guest registry at: www.mccoyblossomfh.com.