Gerald Leland Heesch


September 17, 1931 - May 18, 2010




Gerald Leland Heesch was born September 17, 1931, at Flandreau, SD, to George and Helen (Howell) Heesch. He grew up and attended school at Elkton, SD, and graduated from Elkton High School in 1949. He enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1949 until 1953 on board several ships during the Korean War. On November 19, 1955, he married Eleanor Herold in Taylors Falls, MN. They lived in Madison, Centerville, Sioux Falls, Chamberlain and had been residents of Mitchell since 1998. For thirty-seven years, he was employed by Northwestern Bell, US West and Qwest, until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, the American Legion, and was a Boy Scout and Webelos leader in Sioux Falls and Chamberlain. He enjoyed boating, sailing, hunting, fishing and RV’ing.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor of Mitchell; two sons: David Heesch and wife, Monica of Ham Lake, MN, Daniel Heesch and wife, Staci of Mitchell; two daughters: Lois Banaszak and husband, Michael of Everson, PA, Barbara Canby and husband, Robert of Gold Canyon, AZ; thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild; five brothers and sisters: Eugene Heesch and wife, Joann of Brooklyn Center, MN, Rosella Herold of Forest Grove, OR, Mary Fischer and husband, Clyde of Aitken, MN, Margaret Roemen and husband, Bud of Garland, TX and Patricia Bayer and husband, Jerry of Burlington, WI. He was preceded in death by his parents.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Avera Queen of Peace Hospice.





Friday, May 21, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service - 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, May 22, 2010
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Rites
American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Nancy O\'Rear on May 21, 2010
I am very sorry that I am not able to be there with all of you, just know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Just knowing he is with Grandma warms my heart.

Love you,
Nancy and Family
Posted by Susan Merkel on May 21, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are continuously coming your way. I'm sure Grandma is wrapping her arms tightly around Uncle Jerry. We will miss him.
Love, Susan and family
Posted by Bill Hurley on May 21, 2010
Long ago, I had a pal named David Heesch at St. Lamberts. I'm so sorry that your father passed away. I hope you can cherish the memories of your father and pass on what you learned to others.

Bill Hurley
San Mateo, CA
Posted by Vicki Fischer on May 21, 2010
I am sorry I am not able to be there with all of you but know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Gerry will be greatly missed here on hearth but I am sure Grandma Helen was very happy to see him in heaven. May your memories carry you through this difficult time. Love you, Vicki Fischer and family.
Posted by Larry & Tamara Perry on May 20, 2010
We send our sympathy to the family with prayers that his soul rest in peace and his memory be cherished..May you find peace in Gods love for you.
Posted by Chuck and Joyce Selland on May 19, 2010
Be assured that your Father is at rest with his Lord and no more will he feel the pain and hurt of this world. He has completed the journey that we all are on and someday we too will rest in the arms of the Lord. May God give you peace!
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