City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

David Heeter

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 82.
Died 06/14/2023.

David Heeter
David George Heeter passed away after a long, brave battle with COPD and leukemia on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

Dave was born in Missouri in 1940. He received his education at George Washington University in Missouri, now known as Washington University in St. Louis. While attending law school he worked as a police officer. He graduated and practiced law with a unique background from street wisdom. He lived and worked in St. Louis, Chicago, and Vermont, where he switched his vocations and worked on projects concerning land use and environmental protection, one of his passions. He eventually moved to North Carolina in the late ‘70s, where he transitioned into full-time attorney work with the North Carolina Department of Justice. As an assistant attorney general, his primary responsibility focused on the prosecution of individuals who broke environmental laws. His work focused on protecting the things he loved: nature, water, wildlife, and their habitats. He was a hunter and fisherman himself.

Dave also loved the arts: paintings, music, culture, and literature. A painter himself, he studied art up-close and personally as only an artist can, traveling internationally to visit the origins of some of his favorite art and serving as a docent for the NC Museum of Art.

He was an avid student of history and a gourmet cook. Dave supported numerous causes with both his money and his time, donating consistently to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the Audubon Society, and Defenders of Wildlife. He was a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh.

Dave was a convivial conversationalist and storyteller. With a booming, hearty laugh, he told vivid, detailed stories about his encounters with sly, unsavory characters who broke the law. He loved to recount stories like a folklore humorist untwisting cases and exposing wrongdoing in the courtroom, winning cases by outsmarting the accused.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Sandy. He will be fondly remembered for his generosity of spirit, as well as his love of art, hunting, and his adored pets, especially his dogs – Petey and Chugie. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Raleigh at a later date.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

Simply having to reach out to a funeral home can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to simplify the entire funeral home experience and make the process as easy as possible. We hope to eliminate any unnecessary surprises by publishing our total cost and the services we provide directly on our website. All of our obituaries are provided free of charge as a way to help families celebrate and commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

Our Promise

Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

We're committed to providing families within our community unsurpassed service before, during and after the time of loss.

Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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