Kenneth Joseph Heiling, age 84 of rural Redwood Falls, passed away suddenly Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Garnette Gardens in Redwood Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 15 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at Redwood Valley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in the St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth Joseph Heiling was born February 27, 1934 to Hugo and Mary (Walter) Heiling in Morgan, Minnesota. He received the sacraments in the Catholic faith. Ken graduated from Wabasso High School in 1952. He served in the US Army and worked as a mechanic and as a military police officer. Ken also did several jumps as a paratrooper. After he received his honorable discharge, he returned to the family farm near Redwood. On June 14, 1958, Ken married Shirley Gores at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Ken farmed with his dad and later with his son, grandsons and great grandsons. He recently lived at Garnette Gardens. Ken was a long time member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and was very active in the community. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working in his shop, where he could fix anything. Ken loved working on the farm and spending time with his family.
Ken is survived by his children: Steve (Janet) Heiling of rural Redwood Falls, Kathy (Joe) Jenniges of Vergas, Barb (Ron) Hoffman of Wabasso, and Colleen (David) Slough of Plymouth; grandchildren: Dustin Heiling, Mitch (Michelle) Heiling, Danny (Joanna) Jenniges, Alyssa (Parker) Berent, Alexandra, Emily & Amanda Hoffman, and Katie & Matt Slough; great grandchildren: Kensley, Paysen & Laiken Heiling; siblings: Paul Heiling, and Eugene (Sharon) Heiling, Dolly (Bob) Bell, Mary Ann Johanneck, Gerald (Marlene), Gary (Sharon), Mike (Valerie), and Mark (Terrie) Heiling; sister-in-law: Luella Heiling; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley, grandson Johnny Slough and brother Hugo Jr.