Bill & Linda - It is so late that I suspect this will never get to you? I really don't know how I happened upon his obit but truly an accident and way after the fact. I was told quite a few years ago that your dad had already passed so to find out now that he was still with us until 7 months ago makes me even more sad that I was not made aware of this sooner. I owe so much to your father Jack. He was my very first boss as a beer guy in Iowa. I still remember some of the first calls we made together on distributors in Iowa & Nebraska. Before we entered each warehouse he would always say "Whether it's right or wrong, we will accomplish something during our call today". I could go on forever about the 3 years we worked together but suffice to say he truly was one of a kind and in every positive way possible. I would have gone through h - - - and back to attend his service if only I had known. My deepest condolences to all of you belated as they are! Dennis (Denny) Goss
January 8, 2020
John “Jack” Arthur Heitz Visitation
Visitation: Friday, June 21, 2019
By Linda Heitz Kral
(AKA: Fritz or Fritzie / Lindy)
Memories of My Father And Me:
For those who don’t know, I am Jack’s daughter Linda. Dad’s nickname for me was: Fritz OR Fritzie. After I moved from Iowa to Arizona in 1992 it became: Lindy as my mom often & my dad occasionally called me that. I share this because I truly am a “Lucky Lindy” having Jack as my father!
I want to thank everyone present for dad’s Wake and those present in spirit, for your love and support of my dad and our family.
What I have shared with my dad on Father’s Day in recent years, I will share with all here this evening:
You gave me life; nurtured me; shouted at me; taught me how to correctly use your orbital sander, so I could buff the aspen wood walls of our Cabin that Jack & Eric built; but most importantly my dad loved me unconditionally. Jack was the funniest man I've ever met. I know we didn’t always agree on everything, but I let him know he turned out pretty darn good anyway!
Father's Day isn't just another day of the year: It's special day for you dad, when I get to celebrate how wonderful you've been to me! Eric agrees with me and adds: "We Love Ya Man."
Luv, Your Fritzie / Lindy & Eric.
Dad was, “A Jack Of All Trades!” Especially A Master Story Teller:
On a much smaller scale, I believe I followed in his foot steps with humorous story telling.
Two funny stories I want to share:
One weekend I was helping dad when he was building the Grandview Heitz home in Belle Plaine, Iowa. All of a sudden dad slid a tool across the floor to me and said, “I think you need this tool more than I do,” with a short pause followed by his hearty laugh telling me, “It’s a stud finder!” Good news story as it worked for me. When I moved to Arizona in April 1992, meeting Eric during my first week in my new digs, we married on March 5, 1994 & just celebrated our 25th Anniversary!
Easter Sunday plans for Jack and Mary Lou with Eric and Linda: Jack was driving a bus of parishioners to Mass on an Easter Sunday in Mesa, Arizona around the late 1990’s. During the trip some of the parishioners asked Jack in unison, “Jack what plans do you have for Easter.” Jack replied with, “My wife and I are going to celebrate Easter with our son-in-law Eric and his wife at their home.” Jack told us later that day, he was delighted to see the puzzled looks on the parishioners faces when one man questioned, “Jack, wouldn’t that be your daughter and her husband?” All had hearty laugh, especially Jack.
God gave all of us the freedom of choice, however children can not choose their parents. My brother Bill and I have been, the blessed and fortunate children of Jack and Mary Lou Heitz.
“A father is a daughters first love!”
I believe this quote describes our relationship “To A Tee!”
How lucky I am & we all are, to have known someone it is so hard to say goodbye to! I take comfort knowing we will be together again through eternal life!
Until we meet again dad, know that I/we love you and will miss you more than words can describe!
Luv, Your Daughter Fritzie / Lindy and Eric
Linda Marie Kral
July 15, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the Heitz family .... Jack was one in a million. He had the biggest smile and a laugh that will be remembered. And oh the funny stories. May your memories are faith sustain you in the days and weeks to come.
Ron and Linda Alberhasky
June 20, 2019
Bill and family, you have my deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of Jack, having worked for him. I’ve always thought he was an excellent man to work for and cared for his employees.
June 19, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was such a funny man and a fantastic host. We will miss his stories and sense of humor.
Dave and Helen Lanoue
June 19, 2019
Bill and family, I am sorry of your loss. We have many memories of Jack, he was a treasured friend of my dad, and I have many great memories of him as well. I still tell his stories today! Again my sympathies.
Craig Frana & Shirl Frana
June 18, 2019
Dear Virginia, Lindy, Lucille and families, We are SO sorry for your loss; and, so glad he had such wonderful folks by his side during these last sometimes difficult years. We had the honor of spending quality time hearing his favorite stories (mostly related to good times in IA) the last few days he was with us (around dear Ron’s funeral.) ?? What a gift he was and will continue to be in all our memories. Much ?? love
Ginny Storjohann Scarlett
June 18, 2019
Bill and Family:
We're saddened to see the news of Jack's passing. He was a great "Beer Guy" who earned the respect of all who knew him.
Condolences from the Fleck family!
June 18, 2019
Bill, I’m so sorry to see the passing of your father. I will be thinking about you at this difficult time. Prayers to you and your family. Julie
June 18, 2019