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Kenneth (Sam) Heimgartner

September 15, 1944 - December 22, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Kenneth (Sam) Heimgartner

Kenneth (Sam) Heimgartner

Born: September 15, 1944
Died: December 22, 2019
Age: 75

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     Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Ken (Sam) Heimgartner.  While Alzheimer's took Sam from us too early, his memory will live on in those of us he helped, coached, mentored, trained and loved.  Donations can also be made online

A scholarship fund, started in memory of Marsha Heimgartner.  


Marsha taught in the Spencer community schools for 20 years, having also taught previously at other locations including West Point. In lieu of flowers, we would like this fund in honor of her life as an educator and benefit a Spencer High School Senior pursuing higher education. 


100% of this fund will be donated to the scholarship.  Donations can also be made by going online to

Kenneth (Sam) Ruben Heimgartner


Sam was born to Ruben and Florence Heimgartner in LeMars, IA on September 15, 1944.

His childhood was spent on the farm near Kingsley, Iowa.  He attended elementary and secondary school at Union Consolidated School through the 10th grade and graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After graduation, he attended Westmar College.

Sam also met his wife, Marsha, at Westmar College and they were married August 27, 1966 in Inwood, Iowa.  To this union, one daughter was born.

He graduated from Westmar College with a Bachelor of Science degree and was then drafted into the Army in 1968.  He served as Military Police at West Point Military Academy and also the 2nd Field Forces Headquarters in Vietnam.  After he was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 1969, he joined the Iowa Highway Patrol in 1970.  He was assigned to Post #3 in Atlantic and lived in Minden, Iowa.  In 1981, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Assistant Post Commander in Post #6, Spencer, Iowa until his retirement in 2000.  He was a radar instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the Iowa State Patrol and also a firearms instructor and firearms armorer for the Patrol.

Sam coached Little League baseball and softball and was a basketball referee for 16 years.  His main hobby was competitive pistol shooting.  He joined the Iowa State Patrol Pistol Team in 1972 and was also a member of the Royal Rifle and Pistol Club.  He also like to do some woodworking projects and enjoyed golfing.  Sam was a referee for the NRA at the National Police Shooting Championships beginning in 2002, and became Chief Referee for the National Police Shooting Championship in 2009.

He was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Spencer.  He was also a member of First English Lutheran Church.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents (Ruben and Florence Heimgartner), mother-in law and father-in-law (Leota and Dallas Madland) and his wife, Marsha.

He is survived by his daughter, Jill (Mike) Shuman of Chicago; and two brothers: Wayne (Judy) Heimgartner of Quimby, IA and Daryl Heimgartner (Sioux City, IA); many nephews, nieces, other relatives and countless friends.

Shared Memorial services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl

All of their many friends.
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Friday, December 27, 2019 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Great Is The Lord"
Peace Be Yours"
"Go Out As People of God"
By The First English Lutheran Church Praise Team

Kristin Kaldahl
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by:
Glen Pedersen Post #1 - American Legion
VFW Clay County Post #3159
Iowa State Patrol District 6
immediately following the graveside services.


Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:18 AM
“Our deepest sympathies for your loss. I have many memories of family gatherings when all of the Reinholdt family clan would get together. He was a wonderful man that dedicated his life to the community and the safety of others. ”
- Rod & Jan Reinholdt
Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 12:25 PM
We want to say sorry for your loss of your Dad. Enjoyed him when we came to visit your Mom.
Prayers going out to you and the family.
Ann Myers and family ”
- Ann Myers
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 6:35 PM
“Jill so sorry to hear of your loss. Drank a lot of coffee with your Dad and played golf with him. Definitely one of the good ones.”
- larry rupert
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 11:11 AM
“Condolences on your loss. Remember the good times.”
- Nick Pappas
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 10:50 AM
“Our sympathy to your family from the Clausen family. We were neighbors where the boys grew up on the farm near Kingsley, also attended First Lutheran with them.”
- Keith and Marilyn Richardson
Friday, December 27, 2019 at 9:29 AM
“Jill, Mike, and family: Karen and I are so sorry about the passing of your mom and dad. It leaves a huge void in our lives as we thought so much of them as our best friends. They both had wonderful personalities, and we enjoyed the great times we had with them the past 25 pus years. I spent more time with Ken than with Marsha, especially playing golf and other activities in the American Legion. We pray that you have comfort knowing that the Lord has them with Him, and some day you will be reunited with them.”
- Karen & Lynn Wee
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 12:05 PM
“Ken&Marsha were Great People it was a pleasure to know them,they will be missed.”
- dewey jontz/Norma Jontz
Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 10:08 AM
“Dear Jill and family,
We were shocked to read that your dad passed away within a day of your mom. How difficult this must be for you! We met your parents during the construction of the new facility for FELC. We were new members and they were both so kind to work with us and make us feel welcome, sharing many laughs. Ken told us stories about his Highway Patrol days, as well as his competition pistol shooting, while putting up insulation and staining the ceiling boards. Your parents were great people and you will undoubtedly feel a tremendous void. What a comfort to know that they spent their first Christmas in heaven. Psalms 30:5 says "...weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." We pray that in time, you can feel God's peace and joy that your parents bodies are healed and that they are together for all eternity. Tom and Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“My thoughts and prayers to the family! I met Kenneth at IPCL competitions!! Ken was a friend and will be missed!! GOD BLESS!
- michael Gilbert
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“So very sad to hear of the loss of both Marsha and Sam. Marsha was my 3rd grade teacher at Underwood Elementary and one of my favorites. My memories of Sam are equally fond. Jill - you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Julie Pingel
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 9:15 AM
“Jill, Family and Friends: So very sorry to hear about Marsha and Sam (Sarge). Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Joe and Sue Skow
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 4:22 PM
“My sincere sympathy to your family on the loss of Ken and Marsha. Ken was such a great guy as person and a trooper. I did not know Marsha, but having known Ken I am sure too she was very nice and sweet lady. I pray that the peace of the Lord be with you at this difficult time.”
- Larry Sauer, ISP/DCI Retired
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:59 AM
“My sincere condolences. Although I’m from Illinois I competed with Ken for many years with the Iowa Police Combat League and got to know Ken and Marsha. They will both be missed.”
- Joe Arnold
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:59 AM
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:11 AM
“So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences”
- Tina Hyronemus
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:11 AM
“Our prayers are with you, Jill and family, during this most difficult time. ”
- Jack and Kris (Kenealy) Stamp
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 7:11 PM
“Jill: I have now retired from the State Patrol this year. I have many fond and funny memories of your Father from when he was a firearms instructor at my academy to when I instructed firearms with him at l In- services and academies in Des Moines. He was well respected not only in Post #6 but statewide! Great sense of humor, good leader. Absolute joy to be around him. I learned a lot from him. My deepest and sincere condolences to you and Mike. ”
- David Helton
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“Sam and Marsha were wonderful people and terrific neighbors. They will b missed.”
- Deb and Dave Woodcock
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“It is with a heavy heart that the members of the Iowa Police Combat League learn of Sam's passing. Sam was a great competitor and a great man. He was a regular at just about every PPC tournament that we conducted. Sam served as our president for several years, and Marsha kept the statistics for us. The shooting sports has lost a great competitor and he will be greatly missed. Our sympathy to Jill (repetitive Powder Puff winner) and the rest of the family.”
- Gary Schroeder
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“Please accept my sincere condolences in Sam & Marsha’s passing. I was a trooper in Post#3 when Sam & Marsha moved to Minden. After we both moved on I would meet Sam at BB Games he was officiating. May they have a great forever and rejoice in the loving presence of Christ our Savior.”
- Deacon Ron Forrest
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“Though my contact with Sgt. Heimgartner was infrequent due to being posted to opposite sides of the state with the ISP, we had much in common...age, and service with the Military Police and ISP. I salute his service to his nation, his state, and his community. Well done sergeant !! ”
- J.D. Peppmeier
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM
“We would like to extend our condolences to Ken and Marsha’s family on their loss. Ken helped me by being an NRA official for numerous years for the IPCL league. He was also a great record keeper along with Marsha for a number of years for the league.

Ken also coached me which helped my shooting and was an excellent competitor. He will be missed”
- Bill Davis
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“ Words do not come easy after losing both of you one day after the other due to illness. Knowing that you both are spending Christmas in Heaven gives us both peace. Our prayers are with Jill and Mike and the entire Family.
Dean and Linda Pingel”
- Dean Pingel
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“Jill, Carol and I are so sorry for your loss. Your dad and I go way back when we competed on the State Patrol
shooting team. Many great memories of your Mom and Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Leach Duane
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“Very sorry for your loss.”
- George and Barbara Cornelius
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“So sorry to hear of your parents passing. Both were such great people and they will be greatly missed.”
- Rod Shedenhelm
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 12:55 PM
“Jill and Mike, I always enjoyed seeing your dad when I visited your mom, Jill. He was always so friendly. Treasure the memories of both of them! ”
- Janet Keck
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