In Loving Memory
Donald D. “Don” Heitschmidt, 82, died Monday January 11, 2010 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born on a farm S.E. of Liberal in Beaver County, OK, the youngest of 8 children born to Nelson & Hattie (Droegemeier) Heitschmidt. He attended all 12 years of school at Greenough in Beaver County.
Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church serving in many capacities, including United Methodist Youth Fellowship Leader, Golden Band Sunday School Class Teacher for many years and was a Scout Master.
He served on the Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Association Board for 34 years, and served as Director and Chairman. He served for several years on the National Telephone Cooperative Association Government Affairs Committee. He received the prestigious Bill Barnes Award from Oklahoma Telephone Association in 2007 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of fame in 2006. He was a former Chairman of the Seward County Farm Bureau.
He and his brother Henry owned a water well service which they repaired wind mills and electric pumps through out the area.
He restored a 1927 Model T Roadster in recent years and enjoyed entering it in local parades. He also enjoyed woodworking and making many useful and fun items.
On Nov. 24, 1946, he married Betty Jo Swan at Liberal, Kansas. She survives.
Other survivors include sons, Joe Heitschmidt and wife Linda Oklahoma City, OK, and Rick Heitschmidt and wife, Lindy, Forgan, Oklahoma; sisters, K. Joyce Harper, Liberal, KS, and Normagene King, Pocatello, ID; grandchildren, Monte Heitschmidt and wife, Sandra, Brandan Heitschmidt, Adam Heitschmidt and wife, Karyn, and Zackary Heitschmidt and wife, Ashley; and great-grandchildren Kristy, Joshua, Brianna, Addison and Angel Heitschmidt.
Preceded in death by parents, son, Randy Gene, sisters, Neita Stalker, Erma Wallace, Violet De Wolfe and Bertha Akers, and brother, Henry Heitschmidt.
o Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Randall presiding. A private burial will be held at Restlawn Cemetery.
Visitation time will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, SCCC/ATS Development Foundation or Seward County Relay or Life in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.