Dennis Henry Heying

Monday, July 20, 2015 5:19 pm

Dennis Henry Heying, 80, of Hawkeye, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Rochester Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with his loving family by his side. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 22, at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, with a visitation from 9:30 a.m. until service time at Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union. Burial follows in Mount Calvary Cemetery in rural West Union. A public visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at Burnham-Wood Funeral Home in West Union. Burnham-Wood & S.K. Rogers Funeral Home of West Union is in charge of the arrangements.
Dennis was born at home in Festina Aug. 3, 1934, to Joe and Rose (Bohr) Heying. He proudly served in the United States Army from Nov. 1953 to Nov. 1955. Dennis was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marion Bodensteiner, Oct. 25, 1955, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. Nine children were born to this union. Dennis was a farmer for 44 years, starting off in Lawler before moving to Hawkeye in 1971. After retiring from farming in 1998, Dennis was employed as a transit van driver for Northeast Iowa Community Action in Postville for 10 years. He was an active member of Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union, Knights of Columbus, and Hawkeye Legion Auxiliary. Dennis was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan and passed this legacy to his family. He also enjoyed golfing, especially with Bill, Buck and Bruce; playing cards, listening to music and dancing with Marion. Dennis loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Marion of Hawkeye; nine children: Glenn (Julia) Heying of Durham, N.C., Patti (Jim Kleppe) Butikofer of Clermont; Ron (Holly) Heying of West Union; Keith (Renae) Heying of Peoria, Ariz.; Steven (Leilani) Heying of Goodyear, Ariz.; Sandy (Frank) Cooley of Overland Park, Kan.;, Jayne (Bill) Bouska of West Union; Ken (Beth) Heying of Cedar Rapids; and Vicki Rae (Dean) Brainerd of Dewitt; along with 28 grandchildren: Dan, Jeny, Katy, Sarah, Eryn, Jeff, Andy, Andrea, Elisabeth, Emily, Tom, Ashlee, Dennis Jacob, Trevor, Brooke, Chelsey, Hannah, Lance, Kassie, Kari, Kayla, Kristin, Seth, Alex, Halle, Delaney, Amanda and Jacob; along with 15 great-grandchildren and one more on the way. His surviving siblings include Helen Hageman of Calmar, Ernie (Kay) Heying of Calmar, John (Louise) Heying of Calmar, Doris Bouska of Hawkeye, Carl (Carol) Heying of Dubuque, Lorna (Cletus) Bouska of Waucoma, Mary Ann (Dick) Trewin of Waucoma, Dr. Robert (Tina) Heying of Napa Valley, Calif., Sue Heying of Calmar; and sister-in-law Pat Heying, of Ossian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul Heying and Greg (Helen) Heying; sister, Betty Bruess; brothers-in-law: Jim Bouska, Jim Bruess and Melvin Hageman; sister-in-law Helen Kappas; two nephews, Rodney Hageman and Jim Bob Bruess; and a niece, Kristie Foreman.

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