John A. Heegle

John Arthur Heegle, age 81 of Randolph, Nebraska died on Monday, November 23, 2020 at Faith Regional Hospital in Norfolk, Nebraska.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are under the direction on the Wintz Funeral Home in Laurel, Nebraska.

John Arthur Heegle was born on December 26, 1938 in Yonkers, New York to Norman and Helen Heegle.  He grew up in Yonkers, NY and graduated from Yonkers High School in 1957. He had worked at Sam’s camera while in Yonkers.  He went to Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, SD, graduating in 1961, then attended Chadron State for one semester. John was in Operation Bootstrap at the age of 14 and joined the National Guard in San Antonio, TX, later serving in the Civil Air Patrol.

John met Myra Lee Friesen while in College and married her on September 14, 1968 in Henderson, NE.  They lived in New York for one year where he worked at the camera shop.  They moved to Mitchell, SD where John worked for the Daily Republic.  Both daughters, Heidi and Holly where born while in Mitchell.  John and Myra moved to Rapid City, SD and lived there for 2 years.  John then worked for Picadilly Portraits of Denver, CO for a year.  In January of 1974 they moved to Randolph, Nebraska.  John and Myra managed the Cedar Motel in Randolph from 1974 – 2017.  John did social work in Randolph where he work at the Nursing Home. John also worked at Camera Concepts in Norfolk from 1990 – 1997.

John was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Laurel.  He loved photography and cameras, also going to garage sales.  He enjoyed model trains and railroading (HO and N scale).  He belonged to the Yankton Train Club.

John is survived by his wife Myra of Randolph; two daughters Heidi Marie Heegle of Atlanta, GA, Holly Dawn Zinck of Altanta, GA; two granddaughters Emily Elizabeth Zinck and Claire Catherine Zinck both of Atlanta, GA; two sisters Pat Tinsley of St. Petersburg, Fl, and  Norma (John) Manditch of Cedar Mountain, NC;  two nephews, and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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