Kenneth "Ken" Heeb
Kenneth "Ken" Heeb, 67, of Custer, South Dakota, formerly of Philip, SD , died March 12, 2012, at the Custer Regional Hospital in Custer.
Kenneth H. Heeb was born April 7, 1944, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of David K. and Mary (Moss) Heeb. At the age of six weeks, his mother passed away, so Ken lived with various aunts and uncles until the age of seven, when his father married Helen. Ken attended Ottumwa rural school and Philip High School. While in high school, Ken was class president, Homecoming King, and very active in FFA, boxing and football.
After graduating in 1963 from PHS, Ken enlisted in the United States Navy. While home on leave, he married Judy Ann Noteboom in Philip, on March 5, 1964. To this union were born two children, Slade and Kendra. Ken and Judy made their home in various places while Ken was in the Navy, including New London, Connecticut, Charleston, South Carolina, Newport News, Virginia, Spain and Germany. Ken was honorably discharged from the Navy on June 30, 1972, after nine years of service as a machinist mate on a submarine.
After his military service, Ken and Judy and their children moved back to the Ottumwa area, where Ken worked with his father and brother on the farm. After two years, Ken began operating the Paul Stahl place, which he continued to operate for the next 24 years. In 1998, Ken and Judy moved into town where Ken worked for Mike Noteboom for nine months. He then took a job as an outside salesman for NAPA, which he had until 2005.
In 2005, Ken and Judy moved to Custer where Ken built his own “dream “shop. Ken was very meticulous in his work, and took a lot of pride in it, showing it off in various craft shows in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
Ken enjoyed hunting with his family, both in the hills as well as the prairie. He spent many years drag racing, and lately enjoyed bird watching. Although he loved all his hobbies, above all was his love for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He thoroughly cherished the time he spent watching his kids grow up, and now to see his grandchildren, and spend time with them.
Survivors include his wife Judy of Custer; a son Slade Heeb and his wife Valorie of Grand View, Idaho; a daughter Kendra Scott and her husband Matt of Rapid City; eight grandchildren Jordan, Kenny and Bruce Heeb, Ryan Staton, Billy and Cheyenne Heeb, and Abigail and Audrey Scott; a brother Ed Heeb and his wife Becky of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; David and Mary Heeb; his step-mother Helen Heeb; a brother Lee Heeb; and a sister Edna Harris.
Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, and one hour preceding the services on Thursday.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating.
Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #173 of Philip, will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 10:00 a.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Ray Greenseth
Dave Konst - Mike Williams
Larry Neiderworder - Ron Millage
Lawrence Schofield - Robert Reedy
Vince Schofield - Tom Schofield
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
INTERMENT WITH MILITARY HONORS
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:00 a.m.
Philip, South Dakota