Dwain Louis Heimes, age 77 of Wynot, Nebraska, died on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hartington, Nebraska. His life's work peacefully ended this Labor Day weekend after nobly battling Parkinson's disease for over two decades.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church in Wynot with Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wynot with military honors provided by the Wynot American Legion Post 31 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Wednesday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements.
Honorary Pallbearers will be his granddaughters: Lauren Belt, Codi Cline, Casandra Tucker, Samantha Thramer, Brittney Mead and Megan Kaska.
Active Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Justin Belt, Taylor Belt, Derek Hingst, Garrett Hingst, Lee Sorrick, Devin Tweedy, Jacob Tweedy, Riley Heimes and Austin Heimes.
Dwain was born on March 28, 1940 at his parents' farm home northwest of Wynot to Augustine Frank and Irene Marie (Wiebelhaus) Heimes. He graduated from Wynot High School in 1958 and served in the U. S. Army from 1962 to 1964. Dwain married Margaret "Marge" Becker on June 23, 1964 in St. Helena, Nebraska. He proudly farmed for 50 years in the Obert, Nebraska area until moving into Wynot in 2015. He has been a resident of the Hartington Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hartington since 2016.
His life was one of service. Dwain was a devout man of faith and an active member of the Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church in Wynot where he also served as a former parish council member. In addition, he was a proud civil servant too and enjoyed his time as Cedar County Commissioner from 1995 to 1998. Growing up on a farm himself, Dwain was known by all for his love of the land and his staunch work ethic: a trait that was firmly instilled in his children. Dwain always relished his opportunities to hunt and fish and embraced those pastimes as a way to further connect with nature. He was a member and former president of the Bow Creek Saddle Club and helped organize countless parades and trail rides. Dwain also loved the camaraderie of a good card game and enjoyed other hobbies like bowling and riding snow mobiles. Baseball was one of his favorite sports so when he put away his cleats and glove, it was only natural that he became an umpire for a number of years. Later in life, he became quite the lumberjack and spent a great deal of time cutting trees with his assortment of chainsaws. Throughout his difficult battle with Parkinson's, he never issued complaint, but rather taught us all valuable lessons about humility, dignity, and integrity. Dwain will be fondly remembered for his sharp wit, his willingness to help others, his faith, and his profound love for his family.
Dwain is survived by his wife, Marge, of Wynot; 7 children, Peggy and Dan Belt of Battle Creek, NE; Deborah and Samuel Johnson of Allen, NE; Sandra and Shannon Sorrick of Norfolk, NE; Douglas Heimes of Gretna, NE; Lori Sutton of Omaha, NE; Sheri Heimes of Omaha, NE; Kent Heimes of Dallas, TX; 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 3 brothers, Melvin and Shirley Heimes of Wynot; Gary and Joyce Heimes of Lincoln, NE; Keith and Dana Heimes of Arizona, and a sister, Kayleen and Rocky Colavito of Germany.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, David Heimes and a sister, DeAnna Klug.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Wynot American Legion Post 31 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
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