James Edward Joseph Heying


March 3, 1932 - May 17, 2015


James Edward Joseph Heying, son of Paul and Anna (Full) Heying was born March 3, 1932 at the family farm near Hamill, SD.  Jim attended elementary school at King School and graduated from Winner High School in 1950.  He enlisted in the Army and was stationed at the Fort Leonard Wood where he married Veronica Jessie Lulf on March 14, 1953.  The couple resided in Texas until Jim was discharged from military duty in October of 1954.  The couple returned to the Heying family farm near Hamill to farm with Jim’s brother Bob.  In 1972 they moved to Mitchell, SD where Jim was employed at Ellefson Implement and Dakota Manufacturing until taking a position with Mitchell Vocational Institute as the Welding Dept. instructor until his retirement in 1996.  Jim was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.  His early retirement years were filled with hunting, fishing walleye on the Missouri River, woodworking, playing guitar, and drinking coffee with friends at Coborns.  Later, as his failing health kept him more inside, he spent hours reading books during his breathing treatments and watching old westerns on television.  Though unable to walk fields, Jim never missed opening pheasant season on the farm by showing up the young ones during blue rock target practice. 

A very special friend, Carol Callan, was one of the motivators in Jim’s recovery from months in the hospital with pneumonia.  His concern for Carol and desire to return home brought him back to us for another four years.

He is survived by a daughter, Jayne Heying-Bilka (Brad), Rapid City and a son, Rick Heying (Sharon), Mitchell, SD.  Jim shared his love of life with his grandchildren: Amy Skilbred (Matt), Sioux Falls, SD, Amber VanOort (Shaun), Salem, SD, Alaric Heying (Caitlin), Aberdeen, SD; four great grandchildren; special friend, Carol Callan, Mitchell, SD; sister-in-laws: Jeanne Wilhelmsen of Burke, SD and Darnytia Kucera of Winner, SD.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and two sisters and their spouses.


Memorials may be directed to Mitchell Technical School's Legacy Staff Endowment Fund.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, May 21, 2015
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Verna & John Koskan on May 25, 2015
Jayne Ann & Rick & families, So sad to hear of your loss. May your memories be great blessings to you.. God bless you and comfort you,
Posted by Donella Pauli on May 21, 2015
Jayne, Rick and families, I'm so sorry that I can't be with you to give you a hug and celebrate your dad's life. I have many fond memories of staying with them on the farm and all the family gatherings we had when we were growing up. Sending my sympathy and love to you!
Posted by Chris Barta on May 20, 2015
So sorry for your loss Carol.....I'm sure my dad was there to meet him......Jim was a great guy and a good friend to my dad. Glad I got to have coffee with him at Coborns! Gone but not forgotten.......
Posted by Donna (Lulf) Wattenbarger on May 20, 2015
Out of all my uncles, Uncle Jim was my favorite. Always had fun when we went and stayed with him and Aunt Jessie. Really enjoyed our last visit even though its been a few years. Have thought of him often and was sorry that he couldn't come to our family get together last year. Rest in peace!!
Posted by Jan Quenzer on May 20, 2015
I remember Jim as a kind and loyal co worker and friend. Our sympathy to Jim's family and Carol. God bless....Harlan and Jan Quenzer
Posted by Missy Gieser on May 18, 2015
My condolences to you Carol, and the entire family. He indeed will be greatly missed.
Posted by Candace Tramps on May 18, 2015
Carol - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know the emptiness is overwhelming. I am here if there is anything I can do for you - even if it is just to listen. My love to all of you.
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