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10/21/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Wayne J. Heiar
Wayne J. Heiar enjoyed being outdoors working for several national parks and farming. He passed away at the age of 79, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, one day prior to his 58th wedding anniversary.

A funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Assumption Catholic Church in Charlotte, with Father Scott Lemaster as celebrant.

Burial will take place at Assumption Cemetery, Charlotte.

A Rosary service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, with visitation 5-8 p.m. at Miller Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston.

Wayne was born the son of Norbert and Catherine Malone Heiar Feb. 2, 1934, in St. Donatus. He attended agricultural school in DeWitt.

Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Army. He served in Austria during the Korean Conflict. Wayne married Natalie G. Paysen Oct. 22, 1955, at Assumption Church in Charlotte.

He worked as a farmer for 30 years. He also worked for the Department of Interior National Park Service for eight years. In those eight years, he held several different positions. He worked as an assistant manager for the Federal Transportation Company at the Grand Canyon, Ariz., and was a naturalist interpreter for the National Park Service at Everglades National Park in Florida. He also was a National Park ranger at Mt. Rushmore National Monument in the maintenance division. When he was finished working for the park service, he retired to the farm, where he raised sheep, and owned and operated Heiar Hill Mobile Home Park in Charlotte with his wife.

Wayne was a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus in Preston and AMVETS Post in Charlotte. He promoted the Avenue of Flags at the Assumption Cemetery.

Wayne had a great work ethic and enjoyed working. He also was an avid coon hunter and trapper. He had enjoyed snowmobiling, traveling and camping. Most of all, he loved spending time with people and never met a stranger.

Wayne will be dearly missed by his wife of 58 years, Natalie; his three daughters, Melodie (Mark) Schutt of Wheatland, Joy Lipscomb of Spring Grove, Ill., and Heidi (Bryon) Hicks of Maquoketa; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four step-great-grand- children; and a brother, Lloyd (Mary) Heiar of Clinton.

Wayne was preceded in death by a son, James Heiar; both parents, Norbert and Catherine; a son-in-law, Terry Lipscomb; a brother, Gerald Heiar; and sisters, Viola Heiar and Corrine (Ed) Tillis. Friends and family may share Wayne's life at .

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