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John Heisler

April 13, 1929 — November 17, 2022


William “John” Heisler April 13, 1929-November 17, 2022

William “John” Heisler, age 93, of Waubun, MN passed away at his home on Thursday, November 17, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

William “John” Heisler was born on April 13, 1929, to Stella (Warren) Heisler and William “Pa” Heisler in White Earth, Minnesota. He was raised and spent his childhood with his 1o siblings in White Earth where he attended school at the Mission.

On March 13, 1949, John married his sweetheart Martha Mina DeGroat. Together they had 8 children and made their home in Ogema, Minnesota. John worked for the Johnson Bee Farm, White Earth Roads Department, and held various jobs in between. He worked hard to support his family and was a hands-on dad and loving husband to his wife. Martha and John moved to Waubun in 2015 to spend their last years together.

John enjoyed life to the fullest, laughing with his loved ones, and telling stories. He was always teasing one of his many grandchildren. He was a simple man who loved going to the casino, playing baseball as a young man, and being surrounded by his 8 children, 22 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, 21 great great grandchildren, and all of their families. He was the patriarch of a close, loving family and was one of the kindest, funnest, and most generous man that many were blessed to know. He will be deeply missed.

John is survived by his children Bonnie Badboy, Julie Steichen, Carolyn (Poncho) Williams, William (Charlene) Heisler, Sandra (Paul) Mertens, Wilbur (Sue) Heisler, Patti Anderson, his son-in-law Terry Dorman and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Stella & William, wife Martha Mina (DeGroat) Heisler, daughter Mary Lou Dorman,       sons-in-law, Daniel Steichen, Ron Spry and Ken Badboy, brothers Warren “Jiggs”, Vernon “Dumpling”, Franklin “Bud”, sisters Pearl Fabre, Doris “Dubby” Drinkwine, Harriet “Sis” Stech, and Jeanette “Jane Webb” Christofferson, and grandchildren Jamie Kay, Michael Anderson, and Gilbert Iceman.

Memorial Service: 11 AM, Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Callaway, MN with Pastor Matthew Myers to officiate.

Burial: Ogema Lutheran Cemetery, Ogema, MN.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

23115 Co Hwy 14, Callaway, MN 56521

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