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Norman Heit

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Norman Clarence Heit age 79 of New Hampton, IA died Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at MercyOne North Iowa in Mason City, IA. A private family Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish in New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Hampton with Jake Heit, Jared Bunn, Alex Bunn, Scott Bunn, Todd Mitchell and Jacob Heit serving as pallbearers. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory, and online condolences for Norman’s family can be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com. Norman was born on November 7, 1941, to Raymond and Sarah (Burgart) Heit in New Hampton, Iowa and he grew up on a farm with his two brothers and one sister. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through the eighth grade and then transferred to New Hampton High School, where he was a member of the Class of 1959. After graduating from high school, Norman spent a year working as a hand on a ranch in western Nebraska, and he always fondly looked back on that year; in fact, last summer he crossed one item off his “bucket list” when he returned to visit the ranch for the first time in 56 years. In 1961, he met Mary Ann Drilling at a dance in Lawler, and the two began dating, fell in love and exchanged wedding vows on September 7, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma. Their family grew to include Carolyn, Brian, Michelle and Steve, and Norman’s children remember growing up in a home with a father who was a hard worker, strong, a smart businessman and who could fix anything. That included the animals on the farm; in fact, on more than one occasion the veterinarian would ask Norman, “Why did you call me, you already figured it out?” Norman was quiet yet also quick-witted. He had a contagious smile, and his children will always remember the twinkle in his bright blue eyes. In addition to farming, he worked at the Chevy garage in New Hampton and spent 25 years as the service manager at the John Deere Implement in New Hampton. He never really retired, though, as he continued to work on the farm throughout his life. Norman had a host of hobbies — ranging from woodworking to rose gardening to raising horses to being outdoors to fishing in Minnesota hunting deer in Wyoming (in his younger years) to target shooting with his grandchildren. He was a one-of-a-kind grandfather, who had a talent for loving each of them individually. Their interests were his interests, and he loved spending time with them and his great-grandchildren — giving them tractor rides and checking on the fields and gardens and they always knew that their grandfather had M&Ms in his shirt pocket for them. Norman, first and foremost, was a family man. He used his talented hands to build and make things for the people he loved, and it was always a good day for Norman when he and Mary Ann took a drive together. He had a deep faith, and Carolyn, Brian, Michelle and Steve will tell you that they never missed an 8 a.m. Sunday Mass when they were growing up. He and Mary Ann attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church until it closed in 2014 when they became members of Holy Family Parish. Norman was a friend to all, and he would drop everything to help those in need. His legacy will live on through his wife of 57 years, his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and the bountiful amount of friends he made through a life well-lived. He was fiercely loyal to his family, and the sadness they feel with his passing is comforted by the fact that they know he is now with Jesus in Heaven. Norman is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of New Hampton, IA; two sons, Brian Heit of Van Horne, IA, Steve (Ramona) Heit of Newhall, IA, two daughters, Carolyn (Todd) Mitchell of Center Point, IA, Michelle (Scott) Bunn of Mason City, IA; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with two on the way; two brothers, Melvin (Jeanette) Heit of New Hampton, IA, Gerald (Jeanne) Heit of New Hampton, IA; sister, Maxine (Chuck) Shekleton of Farmersburg, IA; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother in infancy; two grandchildren.

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  1. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  2. Sending love and light to all of you. May God embrace you fiercely and shine his grace upon you. Hug deeply and have no doubt Norman is sharing space with Jesus. Love, George and Maria Drilling

  3. Mary Ann and family, My sympathy and prayers to all of your family. I remember Norman from grade school years. May he Rest In Peace.

  4. Carolyn and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  5. Mary Ann and family Our deepest sympathy to all of you, he was a good Man, always had a smile and great to visit with. Our thoughts and prayers to you

  6. Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. At a Drilling family reunion, Norman got the last piece of pie I wanted…and he surprised me when he split it with me. Nice fella that Norman. My sincere condolences to Mary Ann and all Norman’s family and many many friends. He lived a great life. Respectfully, Rick Nootnagel (Cheryl’s husband)

  8. Mariann and family: My sympathy to you in the passing of Norman. Keep your memories close at heart as Norman will be greatly missed.

  9. The last time we were at the farm, the kids found the chestnut tree & wanted to collect all the nuts. Grandpa was shaking the high branches for them, showing them how to open the pods & Grandma went to get a bucket to save them. We probably spent 45 minutes standing there talking and watching the kids. His smirk seeing them so happy from a silly old tree was Grandpa to a tee- being interested in anything we’re interested in & delighting in making or sharing things with us to show his love.

  10. Melvin, Jeanette You have my sympathy Hope everyone is well Gerald, Jeanne You have my sympathy Hope everyone is well Maxine, Chuck You have my sympathy Hope everyone is well

  11. Steve and Ramona and the Heit family. So sorry for your loss. May our memories provide comfort during this difficult time.

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