1935-2012

Henry John “Pee Wee” Heman Jr., 77, of Carroll, died Friday night, Sept. 7, 2012, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham with Father Andrew Hoffman as celebrant assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery at Dedham.  Friends may call at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 3 p.m. Thursday. There will a rosary at 4 p.m. and Christian wake service at 7 p.m. by St. Joseph Parish.  Organist for the Mass will be Marcy Anderson, and the St. Joseph Choir will sing.  

Casket bearers will be Mr. Heman’s grandsons Mitchell Bro, Andrew Tucker, Ryan Nees, Tyler Gross, Alex Gross, and his good friend Roger Shaw.   Honorary casket bearers will be Alfred Peter, members of the Dedham Fire Department, and Pee Wee’s friends from the Dedham Co-op.  

Lectors will be granddaughters Melissa Bro, Amanda Nees, Courtney Davis, Kaitlyn Gross and Michaela Davis. Gift bearers will be Mr. Heman’s grandchildren. Eucharistic ministers will be Mr. Heman’s daughter, Kris Gross and his niece Robyn Leon. Mass servers will be Justin and Noah Seidl.

The family suggests memorial contributions go to New Hope Village of Carroll or to improvements at Dedham City Park in lieu of flowers. Contributions can be left at the funeral home or church. Online condolences may be left at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com

A son of Henry Sr. and Eleanor (Sandrock) Heman, he was born Aug. 13, 1935, on a farm three miles southwest of Dedham.  With the exception of second grade at Evergreen Country School No. 6 between Dedham and Coon Rapids, he received his elementary education at St. Joseph Catholic School in Dedham.  Mr. Heman was salutatorian of his 1953 graduating class at Carroll High School.  While a high school senior he began working part time at The Lockhart Co. in Carroll, which serviced small engines and distributed automotive and small-engine parts. He and Mary Edith Nair of Dedham were married May 5, 1959, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham with the Rev. Leo Lenz officiating.

They resided in Carroll until moving to Dedham in 1968. They raised six children and in the 1980s hosted four foreign-exchange students.  After high school Mr. Heman worked full time at Lockhart’s until March 1, 1969, when he went to work for Dedham Cooperative Association.

He was assistant manager at Dedham Co-op until retiring in May 1998.  Mr. Heman was city clerk at Dedham for more than 31 years, from March 1961 to October 1992. He mowed and maintained Dedham City Park and Dedham Cemetery for 35 years, from 1971 to 2006.

He also operated Dedham’s water and sewer systems for approximately 25 years.  He was an active member and secretary-treasurer of the Dedham Fire Department for 38 years, from 1956 to 1994, and remained an honorary member.

He led the production of a history book for Dedham’s centennial celebration in 1983.  The Hemans moved to Carroll in 1996. Mr. Heman then worked part time for the City of Carroll mowing Carroll Cemetery for several years.  

Mr. Heman was a longtime member at St. Joseph Parish in Dedham and St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll and in 1975 was among the first lay persons to become eucharistic ministers for the Diocese of Sioux City.  

He enjoyed collecting community history books, tracing his genealogy, traveling with his wife, playing cards and drinking coffee with friends, working outdoors, assembling puzzles, tinkering in his garage and driving his “Bathmobile” and riding lawn mowers in area parades.

Survivors include six children, Mary Jo Bro and husband Mike of Bedford, Texas, Paula Davis and husband Mike of Coon Rapids, Wanda Tucker and husband Rodney of Huxley, Annette Nees and husband Dave of Dedham, Henry “Butch” Heman III of Dedham and Kristina Gross and husband Larry of Ames; 12 grandchildren, Melissa and Mitchell Bro, Courtney and Michaela Davis, Andrew and Leah Tucker, Amanda, Rachel and Ryan Nees, and Kaitlyn, Tyler and Alex Gross; an adopted son, Mike Christensen, of Carroll; three sisters: Anita Brumbaugh and husband Joe of Omaha, Neb., Bonita Heuton of Carroll and Lois Testroet and husband Ken of Carroll; and five siblings-in-law, Marcia Feilmeier and husband Leonard of Glidden, Ruth Jensen and husband Larry of Imperial, Mo., Robert Nair and wife Jo Ann of Des Moines, Barb Heman of Ralston and Robert Moore of Carroll.

Mr. Heman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, in December 2008; two brothers, Clifford Heman and wife Doris and Ron Heman; three sisters, Mary Miller and husband Joe, Ardella Moore and Charlotte Heman; a brother-in-law, Wendell Heuton; and nieces Marilyn Nair and Pam Eaton.