William “Bud” Heiam


May 12, 1929 - August 6, 2021


William “Bud” Heiam, 92, of Cook, MN, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 6, 2021, at the Cook Nursing Home. A private graveside service will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Please join us for a celebration of Bud’s life at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 2, at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Bud attended the Cook school, graduating in 1947. He then attended UMD with his best friend and roommate, Elder Metsa and later attended pre-med at St. Olaf. He married Virginia Joan (Ginger) Geyerman on August 31, 1952. They began their married life in Mitchell, SD on a ranch/farm where they lived happily for many years. They had four children, Bobbie, Becky, Bill, and Jim. Family was the most important thing to Bud and Gin. They both loved people, loved to entertain, travel, serving their community, and living life to the fullest.  Bud was a Mason, a member of the Elks and Exchange Club. He was also an active Shriner/Jester.

Bud began his second career as a golf course superintendent at the Mitchell Country Club. He loved being outdoors and using his knowledge from his years of farming. He retired after many years and became the primary caregiver for Ginger, whom we lost in 2006. He then moved back to Cook, MN where he was reunited with many old friends.

Surviving Bud are his two daughters, Bobbie (Mike) Pritchard and Becky (Larry) Barnes; son, Bill (LeAnn) Heiam; granddaughters, Tiffany (Nate) Briggs, Taryn (Matt) Erickson, Chelsi (Greg) Mickle, Jamie and Jordyn Heiam. Bud is also survived by 7 great-grandchildren, Kohen and Isaiah Briggs, Braeden and Chase Erickson, and Lillian, Oliver, and Bronwyn Mickle.


None Scheduled


Saturday, October 2, 2021
1:00 PM
Wild Oak Golf Course
2500 E 1st Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by tom schulz on September 16, 2021
Bobbie and family ,So sorry to read of your loss,I always remember, your dad and my grandfather Ed Fiala interacting in many farm things, he was such a kind man to me when I was young. May the comfort of our LORD fill you all.
Posted by Maureen Fairbanks johnson on August 23, 2021
I’m so sorry you lost your dad... it’s so hard losing our parents so my heart and love is with you ❤️
Posted by Steve Sprecher on August 22, 2021
Sorry to hear of Bud's passing. I worked for Bud on the farm the summer before I went to college.
May the Lord be with you in this time of loss.. Steve
Posted by Ron & Ramona Pavlin on August 21, 2021
Our sympathy to all of Bud's family. I worked at the Mitchell Country Club while Bud worked there. My son Shawn Veurink worked with Bud on the golf course while he was in high school & college.
A very easy going & kind man.
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