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  • Joseph “Joe” N. Heiling

  • Joseph “Joe” N. Heiling, 66, of Morgan died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
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  • Joseph "Joe" N. Heiling, 66, of Morgan died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. Military honors were performed outside the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Arrangements were with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.
    Joseph Nicholas Heiling, the son of Alois and Evelyn (Heiderscheidt) Heiling, was born March 31, 1946 on the family farm south of Morgan. Joe grew up in the Morgan area and received his formal education in Morgan schools. He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 4, 1964 and was stationed aboard the USS Arlington in Portsmouth, Virginia. Joe was transferred to the Naval Reserve in 1967 and honorably discharged on June 4, 1970. On April 13, 1971, Joe married Debra Okins and they resided in Morgan. Before starting his own masonry business, Joe and his brothers operated Heiling Brothers Construction. He also worked for Jesco Construction for two years. Joe was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. He particularly enjoyed golf and bowling. He was very proud of the 300 game he bowled on December 10, 2003. Joe enjoyed spending time with his friends and family – especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching sports and reading the newspaper.
    He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Deb of Morgan; daughter Jenny (Scott) Hillesheim and their sons Jordan, Alex, Bailey and Spencer Hillesheim of Sleepy Eye; and son Jeff (Melonie) Heiling and their children Vishé and Arynzi Rabb and Brecken Heiling of Springfield. Also surviving are brothers, Jim and Jack (special friend Barb Fischer); sisters, Jean Gareis and Judy (Jerry) Huiras; mother-in-law, Helen Okins of Redwood Falls; brothers-in-law, Chuck (Deb) Okins, Mike (Joan) Okins and Steve (Jodee) Okins; and many nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jacqueline in infancy; his parents; father-in-law, Vernon Okins; sister, Janice Mohlenbrock; and brothers-in-law Elmer Gareis and George Mohlenbrock.
    Blessed be his memory.
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