Michael Heisinger

Michael Heisinger


September 2, 1950 - December 3, 2022


Michael Heisinger, 72, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, December 3, 2022, at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell after a long illness. A Celebration of Life will be 5-7:00 PM Friday, December 9, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Michael Louis Heisinger was born on September 2, 1950, in Parkston, SD, the oldest of 6 children of Louis and Adeline (Mayer) Heisinger. After graduating from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls in 1968, Mike attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN, before deciding to go to school for broadcasting in Denver, CO. In 1971, he entered the Army, and was honorably discharged in ‘74. That same year, he got a job at Martin & Associates (now CHR Solutions) in Mitchell, where he worked as a draftsman (and later a manager) until retiring in 2015 for health reasons. On November 11, 1977, he married Toyvolla (“Toy”) Muhs, with whom he had two children, in addition to her son from a previous marriage. Despite not becoming a priest, “Preacher Mike”—as he was known in some circles—was active at Holy Family Catholic Church for many years, often serving as lector at Saturday evening mass, singing in the choir, and volunteering with the Knights of Columbus. His gift for public speaking also earned him many awards in Toastmasters.

If you ever met Mike, you would remember his booming laugh, radio-ready voice, sense of humor and love of music. He enjoyed “BSing” with friends, as well as a good game of pinochle or cribbage. He loved playing music from his diverse record collection, and also played guitar. His other passion was woodworking, and you could often find him out in his shop building or tinkering with something.

Mike will be missed by his wife of 45 years, Toy; sons, Charles and Eric of Mitchell; daughter, Andrea Heisinger and son-in-law Tobias de Raet of Berlin, Germany; brothers, Jerry (Jan) of Parkston, SD, and Jeffrey (Andrea) of Agoura Hills, CA; sisters, Jean (Perry) Jones of Carroll, NE, Kathy (Gordon) Johnson of Omaha, NE, and Cindy Heisinger of Madison, SD; as well as many other in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Adeline, parents-in-law, Walter and LaVee Muhs, nephew, Justin Muhs, and various aunts and uncles.


Friday, December 9, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Davy Uecker on December 12, 2022
I am so sorry to hear the passing of Mike. Toy, I am sending my prayers, of strength, comfort, & peace to you & your family.
Posted by Patricia Pearson Reed on December 9, 2022
I too am a former O’Gorman classmate. My sympathy and prayers for all of you. He was a great guy. He will be missed at all our class reunions.
Posted by Tim and Susan Kennedy on December 9, 2022
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to you, Toy, and your family. Mike's presence and his wonderful personality would always light up the room. Bless you all.
Posted by Val Hickner on December 9, 2022
I graduated from Gorman High School class of 1968 with Mike.I am so saddened to hear of Mike passing. My beloved husband died of a glioblastoma August 22, 2022. I will hold your family in prayer today as you bid farewell to Mike. I will hold your family in the light as you move forward. 🙏🎶❤️🌈
Posted by Barb and Dean Semmler on December 9, 2022
Toy and family, so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you.
Posted by Tom and Jackie Hess on December 8, 2022
Toy and family. We were so sadden when we heard of Mike’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Darrel and LuAnn Yoder on December 8, 2022
Darrel worked with Mike at Martin Group/CHR.
We are sending our love and prayers.
Posted by Marge Wagner on December 8, 2022
Sorry for your loss Toy and family you have my sympathy and prayers
Posted by John Schmaus on December 8, 2022
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I knew Michael well when he was younger. I attended the Minor Seminary and St. Mary’s College with Mike. He was a very kind and compassionate man and I know he will be missed. Toy, Rose and I are so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Susan Ditter on December 6, 2022
I started at Martin and Associates as a 19-year-old and remember being intimidated by Mike. It didn't take long to learn what a fun guy he was to be around. He will be missed.
Posted by Karla ad Jim Hofer on December 6, 2022
Remembering many good times at Jaycee events. Rip Mike. Our sympathies to ztoy and family. God Bless
Posted by Jerry Weber on December 6, 2022
I fondly remember begging for various maps or projects while at Martin Group and no worries about the quality and always done when needed, even with hand writing. 😇 God Bless Mike’s family.
Posted by Lisa Lucibella Pibal on December 6, 2022
Jeff and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Gale Kurtenbach on December 6, 2022
Deepest sympathy. Sending thoughts and thought to you and your family
Posted by Dave Strohmayer on December 6, 2022
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Kristin Vilhauer on December 6, 2022
So Sorry to hear of Mikes passing, I worked at Martin Group/CHR with him. He was definitely one of a kind & fun to work with especially when you had the opportunity to razz him. He will be missed.
Posted by Rhonda Hoffman on December 6, 2022
So sorry to hear about Mike's passing. We had lots of good times when we were neighbors. Thoughts and prayers to you, Toy, and family.
Posted by Dan and Karen Meier on December 6, 2022
We share your loss as you mourn Mike's. Passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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