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Tracy Leon Heitsman


Posted By: Steve Hols (email)
Date: 1/15/2018 at 16:04:56

Death claims Tracy L. Heitsman
(from Hedrick Journal)

The year 1947, like every other year brought with it many joys and sorrows to the Hedrick community. One of the most sorrowful events occurred last Saturday evening with the passing of Tracy L. Heitsman, owner and operator of the Hedrick cleaners.

Tracy had not been feeling well for several days but was believed to be suffering from a cold. He continued with his work until Saturday noon when he complained of severe pain in his chest. On examination by a physician disclosed that his condition was critical, caused by heart ailment. He was rushed to an Ottumwa hospital where he passed away at 8 o'clock Saturday evening.

His passing closes the door of a Hedrick business firm, a firm that serve the town and community to a good advantage. Gone is that pleasant Association enjoyed by a cherry "Hi" or a kidding remark about the topic of the day. Also broken is a wide circle of friends, all of which brings sorrow and a feeling of deep sympathy to this community.

Funeral services were conducted at the harden funeral home in new Sharon Tuesday morning at 10:30 and at the Methodist Church in Hedrick at 1 PM with the Rev. Stanley Benson in charge. Interment was made in the New Sharon Cemetery at New Sharon with the Masonic grave service in charge of Garfield Lodge number 485 A.F. and A.M. The following obituary was read at the service.

Tracy Leon Heitsman, oldest son of Ernest in Dollie Heitsman passed away suddenly at the St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa on Saturday evening, December 27, 1947 at the age of 36 years, seven months and 29 days.

The deceased was born and grew to manhood in New Sharon, being known to many and most highly respected by all who knew him.

At the early age of 13 he lost his mother and baby brother Glenn. His father passed away suddenly in November 1934.

He was United in marriage with Thelma Tice on September 28, 1934 at Yorkville Illinois.

New Sharon was there home until moving to Hedrick in 1936 where he has been engaged in the dry cleaning business except for the time spent in the service of his country.

He was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge of Hedrick, a member of the Eagles in the Oskaloosa area. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Hedrick Commercial club.

As a husband his first thought was his true and loving wife; as a relative he was devoted to all, and as a neighbor and friend he was always ready to lend a hand and do a kindly deed to those in need.

Those left to mourn his passing besides his loving wife are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Tice with many other relatives and friends.

(From the Fremont Gazette, Thursday, January 1, 1948)

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