Funeral services for Jerry G. Heetland, 65 were held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Spirit Lake. Rev. Phil Andreason officiated the service.
Jerry was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (Bone Cancer) in early January of 2009. After fighting this disease for 66 days he was called to his eternal home on March 19, 2009.
Gerald (Jerry) Glade Heetland, the son of Raymond and Florence (Glade) Heetland, was born on July 28, 1943. He was Baptized and Confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in May City. He spent his youth growing up on the family farm three miles east and eight miles north of Hartley. Jerry went to country school through the eighth grade, just a quarter-mile north of the family farm. He went on to attend Hartley High School where he participated and excelled at football and track. Jerry graduated from Hartley High School in 1961. After high school he attended Northwestern College in Orange City on a football scholarship for a short time. Deciding college was not for him, he returned home to farm with his father and brother Harlan.
On March 24, 1962, he was united in marriage to Barb Heuer of Hartley at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jerry and Barb started their life together on the home place in a tenant house next to his parents. After a year Jerry's folks moved to Sheldon. Jerry and Barb took over the farming operation and moved into the large house on the home place, where they raised their family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in law, Everett Heuer; niece, Kelly (Heetland) Schriner; and nephew, Tim Skinner.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Barb of West Okoboji; children: Cindy Hennings, of Hartley, Jay Heetland and wife, Sadie of Lincoln, Mo., Scott Heetland and wife, Tammy of rural Hartley; six grandchildren; brothers: Harlan Heetland and wife, Bonnie of Cotopaxi, Colo., and Ray Heetland of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sisters: Colleen Ferns of St. Cloud, Min., and Patricia Rose of St. Cloud, Minn.; mother-in-law: Freda Heuer formerly of Hartley; and sisters-in-law: Irene Polson and husband, Otto of rural Hartley, Judy Humphries and husband, Dave of Bixby, Okla., and Bev Skinner and husband, Dean of Spencer.