Roger Woodrow Heise, age 89, of Goodhue, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester Minnesota.
Roger W. Heise was born in Red Wing, MN on September 20, 1931 to William and Emma (Dose) Heise, and grew up in rural Lake City, MN. He graduated from Lake City High School in 1949. Roger was drafted by the US Army to serve in the Korean Conflict in October of 1952. He served as Captain of the Motor Pool for the 1st Forward Observation Battalion. He was honorably discharged in September of 1954.
On February 12th 1955 he married Janice Jean Thomforde of Goodhue. They farmed together most of their married life in rural Goodhue. In 1986 they moved off the farm and into Goodhue. They loved to travel together, touring 47 of the 50 states, Canada, South America & Europe. Roger enjoyed fishing and doing SUDOKU puzzles.
Over the years, Roger served on the Belvidere Town Board as a Supervisor, the Goodhue Elevator Board, the DHIA Board and the Zumbrota Ambulance Board. He was also a member of the Lake City VFW. Roger served on the church council and was an active member at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Goodhue.
He is survived by two sons, Mark (Tina) Heise of Goodhue, Kent (Colleen Spars) Heise of Farmington, MN; three daughters, Merri (John) Ramboldt of Goodhue, Holly (John) Springer of St. Peter, MN, and Kristen Heise of Red Wing, MN; eight grandchildren; three step- grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and his dear family friend Doris Tiedemann of Zumbrota; and sister-in-law, Arlis Meincke.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Janice in 2009; parents William and Emma, sisters; Violet Heitman, Janice Cords, Georgine Goetting, Ann Viles and brother; William Heise Jr.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2pm at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Goodhue, MN, visitation starting at 1pm, with Pastor Martin Weigand officiating. Burial will follow at the St. John’s Cemetery in Lake City, MN, with military honors. Live streaming will be available at www.gracestpeters.org.
Pallbearers; Steve Heise, James Heise, Ron Meincke, Tom Goetting, John Ramboldt & John Springer
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