Kenneth H. Heeb was born April 7, 1944, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of David K. and Mary (Moss) Heeb. At the age of six weeks, his mother passed away, so Ken lived with various aunts and uncles until the age of seven, when his father married Helen. Ken attended Ottumwa rural school and Philip High School. While in high school, Ken was class president, Homecoming King, and very active in FFA, boxing and football.
After graduating in 1963 from PHS, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy. While home on leave, he married Judy Ann Noteboom in Philip, on March 5, 1964. To this union were born two children, Slade and Kendra. Ken and Judy made their home in various places while Ken was in the Navy, including New London, Connecticut, Charleston, South Carolina, Newport News, Virginia, Spain and Germany. Ken was honorably discharged from the Navy on June 30, 1972, after nine years of service as a machinist mate on a submarine.
After his military service, Ken and Judy and their children moved back to the Ottumwa area, where Ken worked with his father and brother on the farm. After two years, Ken began operating the Paul Stahl place, which he continued to operate for the next 24 years. In 1998, Ken and Judy moved into town where Ken worked for Mike Noteboom for nine months. He then took a job as an outside salesman for NAPA, which he had until 2005.
In 2005, Ken and Judy moved to Custer where Ken built his own “dream “shop. Ken was very meticulous in his work, and took a lot of pride in it, showing it off in various craft shows in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
Ken enjoyed hunting with his family, both in the hills as well as the prairie. He spent many years drag racing, and lately enjoyed bird watching. Although he loved all his hobbies, above all was his love for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He thoroughly cherished the time he spent watching his kids grow up, and now to see his grandchildren, and spend time with them.
Survivors include his wife Judy of Custer; a son Slade Heeb and his wife Valorie of Grand View, Idaho; a daughter Kendra Scott and her husband Matt of Rapid City; eight grandchildren Jordan, Kenny and Bruce Heeb, Ryan Staton, Billy and Cheyenne Heeb, and Abigail and Audrey Scott; a brother Ed Heeb and his wife Becky of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; David and Mary Heeb; his step-mother Helen Heeb; a brother Lee Heeb; and a sister Edna Harris.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, and one hour preceding the services on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating.
Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip, will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Ray Greenseth
Dave Konst - Mike Williams
Larry Neiderworder - Ron Millage
Lawrence Schofield - Robert Reedy
Vince Schofield - Tom Schofield
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
INTERMENT WITH MILITARY HONORS
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Philip, South Dakota
Dear Judy and family,
Our deepest sympathy to you all.You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.Every time our wind chime sounds we will be thinking of Kenny.
~ Jack & LaVona Kirkpatrick
My sympathy and prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one.
~ Bonnie Fitzgerald
Memphis, TN (3/12/2012)
Slade and Family we are here if you need anything. Our hearts are saddened by Kenneths passing. Remember look up see the clouds as they dance, that is Kenneth swinging on the clouds watching all of us. Remember.....All our love and respect, Karl and Jayne
~ The Kingstons
Nampa, Idaho (3/12/2012)
Dear Judy and family, It was a shock to read about your loss. In reading the snap shot of Kens life, the statement to chose work that is in harmony with your values seems to have been how Ken lived. A wonderful tribute. Our sympathy to you and may your memories offer you strength in the time ahead.
~ Marsha and Bill Sumpter
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Keep the memories close!
Jake, April, Riley & Tara Schofield
~ Jake & April Schofield
Philip, SD (3/12/2012)
Dear Judy,Slade,Kendra & Family-
Sorry to hear that Kenny passed away. Will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. May God Bless you.
~ Steve & Pam Clements
My thoughts and prayers are with you. There are no words to express how sorry I was to hear of your loss. May God's love bring you peace.
~ Kristi Lunder Paulsen
Sioux falls, SD (3/12/2012)
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family though this hard time of Kenny's passing, it was a shock to hear of your loss. I will keep you all in our thoughts in the coming weeks.
Beth,Todd, KayLee, Tristan, Darian, Savannah, and Kennah
~ Beth Gartner-Gakin
Box Elder (3/12/2012)
Dear Judy and family,
So Sorry for your loss, Ken was a special person.
~ Butch Amsden
418 Virgina Ct Santa Rosa Ca. (3/12/2012)
Judy and All of the Loving Family: So sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers. Take care. Love, Mike & Shar
~ Mike & Shar Moses
We extend our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of Ken at this point in life. We remember him as an outstanding man and grandfather to us. We will always remember him with fondness and love. Please accept our sincerest regrets that we cannot be present with you through this time, and please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help. Jordan, Ken, Bruce Heeb.
~ Angelia Brandt
Judy and Family,
How sorry we were to hear about Kenny. He was always such a gentleman, as well as a gentle man. Donnie knew him from the time they went to grade school together, and I knew him from high school days. We are so sorry for the loss you have had, and our thoughts and prayers go out to you now, as in the days to come. Hang on to the good memories as they, as few things do, get better with time. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.
~ Donnie and Bobette Schofield
Milesville, SD (3/12/2012)
Judy,Slade,Kendra & Family-
Sorry to hear about your loss. Youre in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Kim (Bowen) Taylor
Seattle, WA (3/12/2012)
Judy and family - so sorry to hear that Kenny passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
~ Jolene and Don Haynes
Judy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Kenny was a special friend to us.
~ Donald and Mary Schafer and Richard Schafer
Rapid City, SD and Minnapolis, MN (3/12/2012)
Dear Judy and family. It was a shock to hear of the passing of Kenny. We three were all graduates of the class of 1963 and as classmates we share many fond memories and good times. I am so glad we enjoyed many class reunions together and Don enjoyed visiting with Ken and relating to their military service duty stations. With deepest sympathy - we share in your sorrow.
~ Don & Vi Moody
Philip, SD (3/12/2012)
Judy: Sorry to hear about Kenny's passing, I always thought a lot of him and enjoyed talking to him. He was always a special person. I would like to be there but I have a busy schedule at work right now. He'll be in my prayers.
~ Rich Schafer
11717 Crooked Lk Blvd , Mpls (3/12/2012)
Judy, Slade, Kendra and families, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
~ Sloan Hart
Bancroft, Michigan (3/12/2012)
Judy and family,
Our thoughts and prayers have been with you since hearing the news of Kenny's death. Cherish the memories that you have built over the years and the love that you shared with one another.
Betsy, Keith, and Shane
~ Betsy, Keith, and Shane Knodel
Freeman, SD (3/12/2012)
Judy, Kendra, Slade and all Kenny's Family, there are no words to make this any easier but know that we are thinking of you and praying for you all at this time. Gary remembers the dancing you two did in High School and I remember you were always together in work and play;-) What wonderful examples you set for your family. God Bless!
~ Julie and Gary
Judy, Slade, Kendra and families,
We are so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. May God be with you all during this time of great sadness.
~ Rocky and Rebecca Williams
Judy so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
~ Sherman Burns
Sheridan Wyoming (3/12/2012)
Judy and family
We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to you all. We always enjoyed visiting with you and Ken at the craft shows.
~ Terry & Brenda Thomas
To all of Kenny's family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you always! May God's love surround you at this difficult time. We share in your sorrow. May God Bless You....kenny and nancy neville
~ nancy neville
So many thoughts and so many words. I love you guys and my prayers are with you Judy.
~ William J. Walker
Walla Walla, WA (3/12/2012)
THANKS FOR SERVING
~ AL RHIAN
sorry to learn of your loss.
~ Aaron Johnson
Rapid City, SD (3/12/2012)
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your loved one.
~ Ron and Lola Hulce
Philip SD (3/12/2012)
Dear Judy, Slade and Kendra, My deepest sympathy. I have fond loving childhood memories of Kenny. He will be greatly missed. My love to all of you. Mary
~ Mary Marso
Albuquerque, New Mexico (3/12/2012)
Judy, Slade, Kendra, & Family,
We are sorry for your loss of Ken. May God be with you during the days and weeks ahead to help ease your sorrow. Take care & God Bless!
~ Jim & Joan Ahart
Alcester, SD (3/12/2012)
Judy and family I am so sorry for your loss. Kenny is an amazing man and will be missed by all who ever knew him. I am pretty sure god needed some wood work done in heaven and he knew Kenny would be te right man for the job. He can take a old piece of wood and turn it in to a masterpiece the good old Lord needed the best. Take care I am prayin for you
Winner Ed (3/12/2012)
Judy,Slade,Kendra and Family, I was saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. I enjoyed him at auctions, and other events. May god be with all of you in the days ahead!
~ Joe Millage
SLADE AND FAMILY MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.REMEMBER WE ARE HERE IF YOU NEED US. SLADE YOU ARE A WONDERFUL PERSON AND I KNOW YOUR FATHER WAS VERY PROUD OF YOU LOVE KARLENE
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Cherish all the memories!
~ Jeff & Lori Konst & family
Dear Judy & Family, I was filled with sadness as I picked up the paper and read of Ken's death. Another great friend has left us way too soon. I'm glad I got to visit with you, Judy, just recently. I'm remembering all the times our paths crossed--high school, Free Day in Midland, dances in Midland, craft fairs, prairie fires, etc. Prayers from those who care. Pat, Gary & Family, Lori & Family
~ Pat Snook
Midland, SD (3/12/2012)
Judy, Slade, Kendra, and Family...
We are sorry to hear of Ken's passing... He was an awesome individual, neighbor, and friend. We will truly miss him! Keeping you all in our thoughts and close to our hearts during this trying and difficult time. Lots of Love Always... Bud & Joyce Stapert ~ Trent, Darla, & Caitlyn Pettis.
~ Bud & Joyce Stapert ~ Trent, Darla, & Catilyn Pettis
Austin, Arkansas (3/12/2012)
Judy, Slade, Kendra and families...it was difficult to hear of the passing of a classmate. Ken probably was the main reason our class got anything accomplished. These sudden passings are so painful but he will be always with you as you recall the better moments and treasured memories. Take care and God bless.
~ Nancy Ekstrum
Green Valley, AZ (3/12/2012)
Judy and family - I was so sorry to read of Kenny's passing - way too young. The Class of '63 had some great times and special memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Charlene "Chuckie" Hansen Reed
Pierre, SD (3/12/2012)
Dear Judy-I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing.
With my deepest sympathy. Mary Lou
~ Mary Lou Michael Schimke
Albuquerque, New Mexico (3/12/2012)
Judy so saddened to here about Kenny !! We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers . God bless you & your family at this difficult time .
~ Susan & Jack Heinz
Dear Family, It has been many short years since the school days in Philip I shared with Kenny. I remember most his shy smile and his outstanding hair. It was good to see he kept them both. I am sorry he had so go so soon.
~ Carol Hansen Vogan
Colorado Springs, CO (3/12/2012)
Judy, So sorry to hear of Ken's passing.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
~ Lynn & Nina Nachtigall
Cheyenne, Wyoming (3/12/2012)
Remembering a veteran who has answered his last roll call.
Rest in peace, Sailor.
Custer Post #46
~ Mark A. Mills
Custer, SD (3/12/2012)
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