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Obituary for Dan Hieber
Daniel E. "Dan" Hieber, 58, of Castana, Iowa passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The memorial service will be Saturday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mapleton with Rev. Kevin Freese officiating. The interment service of both Dan's cremains and those of his wife, Kim Hieber will follow together at the Grant Cemetery in rural Rodney, Iowa. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.armstrongfuneral.com. ξDaniel Eugene Hieber was born March 23, 1957, at Ida Grove, Iowa, the son of Larry and Wanda (Schumacher) Hieber. They lived at Battle Creek, Iowa for a short time which allowed Dan to go to kindergarten with Kim Harrison, his future wife. When he was five they moved to the family "80" near Mapleton, Iowa. Dan went on to graduate from Maple Valley High School in Mapleton. He then attended WIT and earned his certificate in plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. ξDan and Kim met again when his family owned and operated Hieber's Inn in Battle Creek. They were married October 10, 1981, at the Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. They lived south of town and began farming together in 1985. Dan also worked full time at Case International in Ida Grove. He also worked for Schumacher Brothers in auto repair. He became the kind of guy who could fix anything. ξIt was during this time that they started their own family, Drew, Dana, and Devon. Kim became the backbone of the family at home and worked too. The family continued to live on their farm near Battle Creek until 2002, when they moved west of Mapleton with a Castana address. Drew and Dana graduated from BCIG and Devon graduated from MVAO. Dan was a tough guy with a big heart. He wanted to do his own thing, sometimes impulsively. He wasn't one to show a lot of emotion with words, but he showed his caring his way, seeing that his family had what they wanted. If they had something on their mind that they were determined to have, they would talk to Mom but get it from Dad. His generosity extended beyond death in that he was serious about being an organ donor. His wishes were carried out with the donation of both of his kidneys. He would have been proud of that. Every summer and winter the entire family went on vacations, often times snowmobiling with Kim's family, going to Branson, Missouri, or Cook City, Montana. The kids always went along. There was always a message in what Dan was trying to tell the kids without really saying it. "Message sent and received." To Dan deer hunting season WAS his Christmas. It was a well planned out family event for weeks before the second season of shotgun season came until it was over and the deer were preserved. Dan loved hunting and fishing, some of the traditions taught to him by his father. He was proud to be a farmer and proud of his equipment. He always wanted his vehicles to be clean. ξThose survivors left to embrace Dan's life and legacy are his children, Drew Daniel Hieber of Mapleton, Dana Jean (Hieber) Hanson and her husband, Jamie of Danbury, and Devon Joseph Hieber and his wife, Avery of Castana; his grandchildren, Dierks and Wyatt Hieber, Kaeson, Kael, and Daelyn Hanson, Brynlee Hieber, Madison Paulsen, and Dillon, Sophie, and Greyson; his mother, Wanda Hieber of Castana, Iowa; his four sisters and their husbands, Denise and James Funderman of Battle Creek, Iowa, Diane and Tom Cooper also of Battle Creek, Denita and Matt Lacey of Danbury, Iowa, and Deb and Shawn Thies of Phoenix, Arizona; his father-in-law, Duane Harrison of Battle Creek; his brothers-in-law, Kenneth Harrison and Todd Harrison and his wife, Karen, all of Battle Creek; and Darren Hieber; numerous extended family members; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kim, just 3 weeks prior to Dan's passing; his father, Larry Hieber; and his mother-in-law, Audrey Harrison.