Cleo Heying, Luana, Iowa, April 16, 2020

Cleo Joseph Heying passed away on April 16, 2020 surrounded by his wife and children after a short battle with cancer.  He was born in Ossian, IA to Peter Joseph and Agnes (Bohr) Heying on November 11, 1938, one of twelve children.  After graduating 8th grade and attending two years of high school he stayed home to help on the family farm.

Cleo married Emily Ida Schmitt on September 15, 1959.  Together they have raised seven children and have fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  They farmed and milked dairy cattle for over fifty years on a farm just East of Postville.  Cleo also took on many other 2nd and 3rd jobs to help support his family over the years.  After the barn burned in 1998, he raised crops, helped other farmers and drove a school bus.  He served on the board(s) of the Postville Fire Department and Big Four Fair. He was very proud and hardworking.   In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards, dancing and playing golf as well as spending time with his family and friends.  He was beloved by his family and all who knew him enjoyed his sense of humor and playfulness.

He is survived by his wife, Emily (Schmitt) Heying; his seven children, fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Galen, Fort Mill, SC; Wes (Julie) Monona, IA; children-Brandi (Dale) Crozier and McCoy, McGregor, IA; Brooke (TJ) Pierce, Lydia and Jax, Guttenberg, IA; Mitchel Livingston (Ashley Munoz) Pleasant Hill, IA, Macey (Cole) Kregel and Weston, Monona, IA;  Cheryl Howard, Panora, IA, children-Joey (Katie) Howard and Hudson, Bondurant, IA; Tommy Howard (Kaitlin Bundt) Ankeny, IA; Deanne (Robert) Welper, Jefferson, WI, children-Cory, Chicago, IL, Matt and Ashley, Madison, WI; Scott (Kristy Koehn)Monona, IA, children- Tyler, Prairie du Chien, WI, Jordan (Tyler) Brainard, Madden and Mason, Farmersburg, IA; Craig (Dana), Monona, IA, children- Seth, San Antonio, TX and Eden, Monona, IA; Julie (Joe) Price, children-Johnathan and Jillian, Ankeny, IA.  He is also survived by two sisters, Joyce (Dick) Shindelar, Calmar, IA; Marcie (Larry) Havel; two brothers, Richard (Linda), Ossian, IA; Donald (Carolyn) Calmar, IA;  and sisters-and brothers-in-law, Marion (Irvin) Heying, Sumner, IA; Elaine (Larry) Heying, Ossian, IA; Verna and Albin Massman, Lansing, IA; Monsignor Carl Schmitt, New Hampton, IA; Floyd and Debbie Schmitt, Castalia, IA; Elaine and Roger Kleve, Cresco, IA; Ray and Nancy Schmitt, Las Vegas, NV.

Cleo was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Agnes (Bohr) Heying; father and mother-in-law: Joseph and Anna (Blong) Schmitt; three brothers, Hugo (Lucille) Heying, Larry Heying, and Irvin Heying; four sisters, Ruth (Ray) Langreck, Rosalyn (Eugene) Bodensteiner, Kay (Stanley) Humpal, Elsie (Donald) Timp;  brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray Langreck, Eugene Bodensteiner, Stanley Humpal, Donald Timp, Henry Schmitt, Anthony Schmitt, Clem Schmitt, Lucille (Hugo) Heying, Marie Schmitt, Agnes (Cletus) Meyer and numerous other extended family members and friends.

As we adhere to Covid Safety Guidelines Funeral Services will omit wake services and a Funeral Service will be held at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, Postville, IA at 11:00 AM on Friday 07/17/2020 for immediate and extended family.  Masks and social distancing will be required.  Burial to follow at the Grand Meadow Cemetery, Luana, IA.   All are welcome to join in a Celebration of Life at the Farm at 12 PM.  Thank You to all for your kindness, cards, donations and prayers in these extraordinary times.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Postville Fire Department and/or Postville Ambulance Fund or the St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Postville, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.


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