John Heimbuch, age 97, passed away Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive, Montana. Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Glendive with Pastor James Hageman officiating. Interment will be held in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery in Glendive. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Our Dad, John Heimbuch was born June 18, 1914, in the Haig community outside of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He was the first child of John and Margaret (Walker) Heimbuch. His mother died during the influenza epidemic of 1918, leaving behind a young father with three little boys. Dad’s father married Elizabeth Zitterkoff, who had four children. Their combined family became yours, mine, and ours. They farmed in rural Bayard, Nebraska and Dad attended a country school. He met Lydia Buxbaum, a pretty brunette gal with flashing brown eyes at a community dance. They were married on December 31, 1933 in Bayard, Nebraska. Their first child, a daughter, Darleen was born in Bayard, Nebraska. Then shortly after Darleen’s birth the young family traveled to Sidney, Montana to work. Their second child, a son, Larry was born in Sidney, Montana. Shortly after Larry’s birth the family moved to Hardin, Montana to farm. They then moved to Glendive, Montana and farmed north of town along the Yellowstone River. It was at this time the Buffalo Rapids Irrigation Project was developed. Our parents had the opportunity to purchase an irrigated farm on Cracker Box Route. The first time Dad took Mom to see the farm she thought he was taking her to the end of the earth. They moved to the farm located near the Yellowstone River to put down their roots. Their third child, a son, Wayne was born, then a few years later their fourth child, a daughter, Carol was born, both in Glendive, Montana. Our parents continued to farm until retiring and moving to Glendive, Montana in December of 1981. Dad served as director on the Holly Sugar Beet Board as well as the Buffalo Irrigation Board. In the winter, Dad liked to work the #100 alley at the Glendive Livestock Auction. Even in retirement he rarely missed Friday auction day. Our Mom passed away on July 22, 1982. Dad then married Marie Miller on November 27, 1983 and she passed away on July 31, 1994. He sold his home and moved to the Grandview Retirement Home in Glendive, Montana from October of 2004 until June of 2008 at which time he decided to move to the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Lydia, second wife, Marie, three brothers, two sisters, four step-siblings, two infant grandchildren, and one infant great grandchild.
He is survived by his daughter, Darleen (Harvey) Meidinger, sons, Larry (Arlene) Heimbuch, Wayne (Jan) Heimbuch all of Glendive, Montana, and daughter Carol (Allen) Lachenmaier of Terry, Montana, sister Dolly Pierce of Gering, Nebraska, brother Ben (Lila) Heimbuch of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, sister-in-law Helmina Heimbuch of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, brother-in-law Robert Peltcher of Grants Pass, Oregon, eleven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
Our parents instilled upon us a strong work ethic, to keep a promise, and the true meaning of a handshake. Thanks, Mom and Dad for a job well done.