Floyd (Bud) A.Heinemann, age 90, passed away Monday, April 8, 2019, at Ava’s House after a brief acute illness.
Floyd Arthur was born in Garretson, SD, on April 15, 1928, to Arthur and Henrietta Heinemann. He grew up in the Garretson and Dell Rapids area on various farms with the family finally settling on a farm south of Dell Rapids. He attended St. Mary Catholic School in Dell Rapids through the 8th grade he was then needed to work on the family farm. He served in the US Army as a medical corpsmen at Fitzsimmons Army Medical hospital in Denver, CO. He returned home from the service and began his own farming career. He met and married Isabel Bott, started a family and raised five children. Floyd and Isabel were dedicated to a life of service to others and especially to their church. Education was also important to Floyd. He served on the Dell Rapids School Board for 25 years, and he served on many state and national education boards. In 2013, he was granted his diploma from Dell Rapids Public High School through a program aimed at veterans who did not graduate. Because of a health issue, he left farming in 1972 to begin a new career in agribusiness as a salesman for the Mormons Feed Company. When he retired, he continued to be active. He was a rural mail carrier for a number of years. He and Isabel began their retirement together, which included becoming winter Texans. When Isabel developed Alzheimer’s dementia, caring for her became his full time job. She passed away in May of 2010. He then began volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Association and the Sanford USD Medical Center. He was recognized as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Sanford Medical Center.
Survivors include his five children: Dan (Cathy) Heinemann, Canton, Tim (Becky) Heinemann, Sioux Falls, Anne (Paul) Holland Rochester MN, Jeff (Laura) Heinemann, Smyrna, GA and Pat (Tracey) Heinemann, Egan; three sisters: Joyce (Richard) Lerdal, Sioux Falls, Virginia (Dick) Mergen, Dell Rapids and Ruby (Dick) Nelson, Overland Park KS; his brother-in-law: Merlin Schmidt, Dell Rapids; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren and a large extended family, including his Sanford friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Isabel, his parents, two sisters, Mary Schmidt and Dorothy Frantzen, and one brother-in-law Bernard Frantzen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in St Mary Catholic Church, Dell Rapids SD. Visitation with family present will be on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Kahler Funeral Home with the Christian Wake Service beginning at 6:00 p.m. Funeral arrrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home. www.kahlerfh.com.