HURON — John Heilman III, 59, of Huron died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Huron Regional Medical Center in Huron with his family by his side. His memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Welter Funeral Home with burial at a later date. Memorial visitation with family present will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Welter Funeral Home; or one hour prior to the memorial service.
John Benjamin Heilman III was born Oct. 8, 1953 in Miller. He graduated from Miller High in 1971. He was hired onto a custom harvest crew and traveled around the United States.
He married Cathy Reiniger on June 4, 1977, in Sleepy Eye, Minn. They moved to Huron in 1978.
In 1981 he and his brother bought the Heilman family farm. Along with farming, he also worked for Terex-Telelect as a machinist for 19 years.
He enjoyed farming, flying, grilling, hunting, conservation, and skiing.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Heilman of Huron; two daughters, Christina (Austin) Geiger of Driggs, Idaho, and Melissa Heilman of Huron; one son, John Heilman IV of Phoenix, Ariz.; one granddaughter; his parents, John Heilman Jr. and Lucille of Miller; one sister, Linda (John) Palmer of Billings, Mont.; two brothers, Craig Heilman of Huron and Douglas Heilman of Gann Valley; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He was diagnosed with cancer nearly four years ago.For the complete article see the 03-14-2013 issue.
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