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Gene Heitz
April 8, 1936 - October 19, 2019

Eugene “Gene” Heitz, 83, of Aurora passed away Saturday October 19, 2019 at his home in rural Aurora surrounded by his loving family.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Wednesday October 23, 2019 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home of Oelwein with a Rosary Service at 3:30 PM and Scripture Service beginning at 7:00 PM.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Thursday October 24, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating.  Interment will be in St. Albert’s Cemetery at rural Lamont.  A memorial fund has been established. 

Eugene Raphael Heitz was born in Farley April 8, 1936 to parents Raphael and Frances (Zalaznik) Heitz.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Farley.  Gene then served his country honorably in the United States Army from December 3, 1958 to September 30, 1959.  On January 10, 1962 he was united in marriage with Wanda Lentz at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamont.  Gene began farming at a very young age and continued throughout his life.  Even after retirement he continued farming in conversation with his family and friends.  He loved farming as it was both his life’s work and hobby.  Gene treasured his time with all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren; holding them, watching them and playing with them. They brought huge smiles to his face every time.

Gene was a current member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Oelwein and ushered at mass.  He was a longtime former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Lamont, where he served as parish council president, school board member, Eucharistic Minister and Holy Name member.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, president of Aurora Community Club and member of East Buchanan Telephone Coop Board.

Left to celebrate Gene’s life is his wife Wanda (Lentz) Heitz, the love of his life; children: Marie (Lowell) Ware of Dubuque, Kevin (Desiree) Heitz of Aurora, Colorado, Alan (Helen) Heitz of Aurora, Terry (Tracy) Heitz of Ankeny, Cindy (Curt) Gentz of Masonville and Nathan (Sara) Heitz of Waverly.  His legacy lives on in twelve grandchildren: Bradley Ware, Danielle and Olivia Heitz, Hannah (Casey) Kingsley, Kayla and Rachel Heitz, Cassie (Ross) Kurash, Leah and Alex Gentz, Oliver, Phoebe and Micah Heitz; three great grandchildren: Henry Kurash, Elijah and Lydia Gentz; brothers Elmer (Kay) Heitz of Farley, Richard Heitz of Farley, Matt (Marna) Heitz of Farley, Julian (Ursula) Heitz of Nashville, Tennessee and sister Diana (Tom) Kirkwood of Dyersville.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother: Raphael and Frances Heitz, and sister Carol (Heitz) Dahmen.



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Michael Ping on October 28, 2019 at 12:37 PM said:

God Bless. He was a wonderful man who helped raise a wonderful family.
Marge and Dave Mayo on October 25, 2019 at 9:54 AM said:

God Bless you all
Mary Recker Gaffney on October 22, 2019 at 9:03 AM said:

Deepest condolences to all the family and dear friends of Gene. He is a super gentleman
Larry Murphy on October 21, 2019 at 9:58 AM said:

Condolences to my extended family of Gene Heitz. Gene was my mother's nephew and was my god-father.

In moving to the Oelwein over 40 years ago, I was lucky to connect with him and see the decent, good man he is. Also had the privilege of connecting with his family and kids and Wanda...wonderful people.

Truly reflected the humble approach to life; but also enjoyed the humor that the Good Lord plays on us in that lifetime.

Blessings to Wanda and the family...while temporarily separated, Gene is beyond the limitations that age puts on us. God Bless!
larry & Linda Murphy
Greg Fawcett on October 21, 2019 at 9:17 AM said:

Gene was a good friend and I always enjoyed our time together on the Telephone Board and visiting with him at other times.
nancy & lyle miller on October 21, 2019 at 7:22 AM said:

sincere condolences & may he rest in peace
Dale and Mary Steffen on October 20, 2019 at 6:06 PM said:

Our sincere condolences to Wanda and family. Sorry we will not be able to attend the services.
Scott Schabacker on October 20, 2019 at 5:29 PM said:

With deepest sympathy to The Heitz families! I have lots of fond memories of Gene growing up in Aurora! He was a good neighbor and friend to all!
Ellen Gaffney on October 20, 2019 at 4:33 PM said:

Gene was a very nice man & always
had a great smile when we met. We will
especially miss seeing him at Mass &
at the Williams Center. Sincere sympathy
to Wanda & the rest of Gene’s family &
many friends. Ellen
Ellen Gaffney on October 20, 2019 at 4:33 PM said:

Gene was a very nice man & always
had a great smile when we met. We will
especially miss seeing him at Mass &
at the Williams Center. Sincere sympathy
to Wanda & the rest of Gene’s family &
many friends. Ellen

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