Roger M. Heinle

March 25, 1950 ~ June 8, 2021 (age 71)

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Roger M. Heinle, 71, of Sloan, Iowa passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the Westwood Community High School, Sloan Iowa doing what he loves, running.

A memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Skien Lutheran Church, Albaton, Iowa with Pastor Craig Bock officiating. Burial will be in the Sloan Cemetery, Sloan, Iowa. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Sunday, June 13, 2021 at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Roger was born March 25, 1950 in Onawa, Iowa the son of Harold “Shorty” and Doris (DuBois) Heinle. He grew up on the family farm near Sloan, Iowa and returned there to live in 1993. Roger graduated from Westwood High School in 1968. He went on to Iowa State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and furthered his education with three more years. He was a lifelong farmer.

Roger married Joan Harmon August 13, 1977 at the Skien Lutheran Church in Albaton, Iowa. Together they raised two daughters, Kerensa and (Bethany) Jill.

Roger enjoyed running, bicycling, racquetball, golfing, and Track and Field. He traveled all around the globe to Track and Field Events. He ran the Boston Marathon three times with the 1st time starting at the age of sixty. Roger had turned seventy-one this year in March and ran seventy-one laps around the Westwood track. The tradition started when he was fifty-four years old and he kept that tradition going every year by running a lap for every year of his life. He loved to run. Roger loved his family and especially his dogs. Roger enjoyed taking lots of pictures. There weren’t very many pictures of Roger because he was the one taking the pictures.

Survivors include his wife of forty-three years, Joan Heinle of Sloan, Iowa; two daughters, Kerensa (JR) Reiss of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jill (DJ) King of Council Bluffs, Iowa; grandchildren, Andrew, Larisa, April, Lucas, and Lily; sister-in-law, Barb Matney of Marshalltown, Iowa; brother-in-law, Paul (Cindy) Harmon of Carrollton, Texas; parents-in-law, Ellis and Colleen Harmon of Marshalltown, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends; and Dexter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold “Shorty” and Doris (DuBois) Heinle; and one brother, Richard Heinle.

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June 13, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Skien Lutheran Church
11929 Aspen Avenue
Sloan, IA 51055

Memorial Service
June 14, 2021

10:00 AM
Skien Lutheran Church
11929 Aspen Avenue
Sloan, IA 51055

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