Joseph Phillip Heinz


October 7, 1954 - May 4, 2017


Joseph Heinz, 62, of Mitchell, died Thursday, May 04, 2017 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 8, at Mitchell Wesleyan Church in Mitchell. Bittner Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Heinz was a son of the Prairie. He could look at a storm ignoring the wind and appreciate the rain. 

In his youth, he spent six months hitch-hiking from Jasper, Alberta to Acapulco and Mexico City. Including a short stint working on a Pacific Ocean salmon fishing boat. Later he continued his travels to China. Joe affected everyone he met along the way. 

For many years, he looked after the needs of his elderly mother, setting aside his own.

Joe was a beloved member of his faith community at Mitchell Wesleyan, as evidenced by the outpouring of support and compassion toward him and his family. He was also a long-time member of the Mitchell Gideons devoting his time and energy where ever needed. Joe's faith in God has been a mainstay his whole life along with his three daughters and five grandchildren.

Joe was born October 7th, 1954 to Virgil and Dorothy Heinz, the youngest of five children.

Joe graduated from Hanson High School in Alexandria and Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. 

Although Joe has been wheelchair-bound since a farm accident in 1986, it did not stop him. In fact, he continued to farm, had children, got a degree, and traveled, all after the accident.

His courage and determination have been an inspiration to us all. Joe will be sadly missed by his mother Dorothy of Alexandria, three daughters: Abby Heinz of Cedar Rapids Iowa, Michaela Fiksdale (Billy) of Sioux City, IA, and Haley Buck (Bryan) Cedar City, Utah and his five grandchildren. As well as siblings Jim Heinz (Lynn) of St. Louis, MO, John Heinz (Linda) of Alexandria, SD, and Ann Connors (PJ) of Eden Valley, MN. Along with countless nieces, nephews, Friends and acquaintances spanning the globe.

He was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Heinz and sister, Sue Ahrendt.


None Scheduled


Monday, May 8, 2017
11:00 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Robyn Bartunek on May 18, 2017
So sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. Through work I helped Joe almost daily. His quite presence spoke very loudly to me. Such a sweet man.
Posted by Stephanie Wubben on May 9, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. I have many happy memories of chasing around the Heinz farm as a child and I know that Joe will be greatly missed by many.
Posted by Diane Schulz on May 7, 2017
May it comfort you to know that thoughts and prayers of others are with you. May God's grace be with you all in your time of loss.
Posted by Don and Cheryl DenOuden on May 6, 2017
Joe was a special Christian friend
Posted by Barb Rempfer on May 5, 2017
Dave and I will miss you but know you are happier than we can imagine!We will see you at the pearly gates of heaven! !
Posted by Rod Hall on May 5, 2017
Dorothy and family, It has been many years since I have seen you but I would see Joe from time to time in Mitchell. What an active life he led in spite of his injury. Gods speed, Joe.
Posted by David Kayser on May 5, 2017
I believe that Joe is in a better place and I will miss him.
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