Gurmit Singh Heir, 77, of Indianapolis, passed away Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Community Heart & Vascular Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1940, to Kehar Singh and Nasib Kaur in Paddi Jagir, a rural farming village in Punjab, India.

In 1957, he left India with his siblings and mother, joining his father in England. He forwent a formal education and began working in a foundry at the age of 16. In 1962, he married Naginder Kaur, whose family had also emigrated from Punjab. The Heir's, and their four children lived alongside his extended family until their departure from England. On May 28, 1977, The Heir's and their children moved to the United States. The family's early years in Indianapolis were difficult, but he was able to build a better life for his family through hard work and determination, often working two jobs. He pursued his lifelong dream of having all of his children educated, and continued working until his retirement in 2012 at the age of 72. Despite being spread across three continents and four countries, he remained very close to his four brothers, two sisters, and their families. His children settled in Indianapolis, and his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong observer of the Sikh faith, and was an active member of the congregation at the Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis. His work ethic was a source of pride for his family and earned him the respect and admiration of his employers and coworkers. The Heir's enjoyed gardening together, and they grew a number of vegetables and fruits native to India. At their home in Indianapolis he planted an apple, cherry, peach, pear, and plum tree symbolizing his love for his siblings many miles away. He thrived on the company of his family, lifting weights and exercising at his local YMCA, and staying up to date on Indian news and politics. His wit, foresight, welcoming demeanor, and leadership through example will be dearly missed by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Naginder Kaur Heir; children, David Heir (wife Rajinder), Jackie Pinney (husband Dr. Neil Pinney), Penny Wiseman (husband Scott), and Roger Heir (wife Balbinder); siblings, Ajit Singh, Baldev Singh, Parkash Kaur, Ragbir Singh, and Balbinder Kaur; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Amrik Singh.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, Noblesville.

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