10/25/12 NYA Obit: Ferdinand Heuer

Ferdinand H. Heuer
Ferdinand H. Heuer, age 82 of Glencoe and formerly Norwood Young America, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 at St. Paul’s United Church Of Christ (308 First Street Northeast) in Plato with Rev. Joseph Clay and Rev. William Baldwin officiating. Visitation was at the church Monday 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment was in the Ferguson Cemetery of Norwood Young America.     Serving as urn bearers were Ferdinand’s grandchildren.

Ferdinand Henry Roland Heuer was born on July 31, 1930, the son of Ferdinand A. and Amelia (Lubitz) Heuer in Camden Township of Carver County. He was baptized as an infant at the Frieden’s United Church Of Christ-County Line Church in rural Norwood Young America. Ferdinand was confirmed in the faith at Frieden’s United Church Of Christ on April 2, 1944 by Rev. John Bunge. Ferdinand attended the Central Public School. On May 21, 1953 Ferdinand was united in marriage with Carol Malinda Hoernemann at Frieden’s United Church Of Christ. Their marriage was blessed with children Charlene, Steven and Susan. The couple lived on the Heuer family farm where Ferdinand raised crops and was a Holstein dairyman until 1989, when the couple moved to Plato. Ferdinand worked at Pies Inc. in Chaska until 1999 and then Young America Corporation in Norwood Young America until his retirement in 2003. Ferdinand and Carol had also lived in Glencoe and Norwood Young America before Ferdinand became a resident at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care Unit in December of 2010.

Ferdinand was a faithful member of the Frieden’s United Church Of Christ, serving on many boards and committees throughout the years. A portion of each day was spent doing devotions with his wife. Ferdinand enjoyed playing bingo, drives through the country to check on the crops and the farmers in the fields, and collecting hats and replica model tractors, especially Farmall/International. An opportunity to play cards was seldom turned down, especially the game 500. Even when life on the farm was over, Ferdinand always was fond of Holstein dairy cattle. He loved spending time with his dogs. His family will remember his joking personality and his love for his wife of over 58 years.

Ferdinand is preceded in death by his wife Carol Heuer; his parents Ferdinand A. and Amelia Heuer; father-in-law and mother-in-law Earl and Elda Hoernemann; sisters and brothers-in-law Edna Heuer, Anna and Gerhard Koerschen, Sophia and Fred Schrupp; brothers and sisters-in-law Art and Luella Heuer, Melvin and Helen Heuer, Albert Heuer, Leonard Heuer.

Ferdinand is survived by his loving family, daughters and sons-in-law Charlene and Richard Wickenhauser of Waconia, Susan and John “Butch” Mackenthun of Norwood Young America; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Deb Heuer of Litchfield; grandchildren Kari Oelfke and husband Aaron, Kyle Wickenhauser, Danielle Heuer, Patrick Heuer, Frankie Mackenthun, John Henry “Jake” Mackenthun; great-grandchildren LiaMae Oelfke, Nolan Oelfke; step-grandchildren Angela Mackenthun, Afton Mackenthun; step-great-grandchildren Ariah, Devan and Hunter; sisters-in-law Myra Heuer, Evelyn Heuer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia (www.johnsonfh.com).