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By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Tekoa local celebrates 89th birthday

Jerry Heitt selects Homestead General Store as venue


August 17, 2023

Teresa Simpson | The Gazette

Homestead General Store owners and friends celebrate Jerry Heitt's 89th birthday. Pictured L-R: Ron Flock, Chet Creger, DeeDee Lee, Jim Lee, Susie Creger, Jerry Heitt, Mary Heitt, Cathy Flock.

TEKOA - The Homestead General Store, at 116 North Crosby Street in Tekoa, held local Jerry Heitt's 89th birthday party Wednesday, August 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Heitt and his wife, Mary Heitt, have lived in Tekoa for 62 years; Mrs. Heitt stated that she married Mr. Heitt at 19, moving to Tekoa with her four sisters soon to follow and make the small town their home.

Co-Owner of Homestead General Store Susie Creger stated that they were thrilled to host the birthday party, "His wife came in and said he loved the store and wanted to have his birthday party here," she said.

Creger explained that...

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