Gerald “Jerry” W. Heiman, 81 of Altoona passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona.

Jerry was born on January 2, 1935 to John and Frances (Modl) Heiman in Eau Claire. Sixty years ago on August 5, 1956, Jerry married his sweetheart, Betty Parizo. In his younger years, he loved to compete in ski jumping and stock car racing. He enjoyed spending time golfing with his friends and also loved to watch the Packers and Badgers play football, while snacking on his favorite cheese, salami and crackers. As a young man, he worked for Standard Parts and then Automotive Machines. Later, Jerry managed and ran two gas stations. His passion and love for helping people led him to a career change and Jerry’s Recycling was developed. If you had junk, Jerry was there to haul it away!

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Betty; sons, Brock (Janice) of Brooklyn Park, MN, Grant (Kim) of Fall Creek, and Clint (Christy) of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Garret (Gwen) Heiman, Jayde (Jake) Redetzke, Breanna Heiman, Mackenzie Heiman, and Katelyn Heiman; brother, Steve (Marty) Heiman of Eau Claire; sisters, Janet (Dean) Huus of Remer, MN, Diane (Bob) Olitz of Strum, WI, and Sharron (Bernie) Gavre of Eau Claire; sister-in-law, Jean (Don) Ginder of Eau Claire; and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances (Modl) Heiman, brother, Jackie Heiman; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy (Marvin) Johnson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ethel (Darrel) Synder; and grandchildren, Victoria, Douglas, and Joshua Heiman.

Funeral services will be on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am up to the time of service at the funeral home on Monday. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery following the services.


  1. So sorry for your loss. Jerry was quite the character and will be missed dearly. I bet Boss and Rocky met him at the rainbow bridge and he is taking them through a McDonalds drive thru getting them their daily happy meals. He will have a never ending supply of peanuts and chocolate to munch on. And I bet if you listen really close on a Sunday afternoon you’ll be able to hear him cheer on (or curse out) his beloved green and gold.
    Cherish your memories and hold him dear in your hearts for he will live on within you.
    Love you guys!

  2. Jerry Heiman was a good man and a good father to me. I will miss my dad Jerry Heiman so much
    Hey will be always in my heart and Brandy (Lady) is having fun with Jerry up in heaven having hot dogs from Kwip Gas Station….

  3. Aunt Betty and Family, We wish we were able to be there. You all are in our Prayers, and we send you are Sympathy and Condolences. Keep strong in your faith. Uncle Jerry is in heaven and enjoying life again without pain and agony. one day we will all me up with him, and the rest of our families! We love you all, and GOD Bless You All!!! We love All Of You, Rick, Carolina Johnson and Family.

  4. Bill and I are sorry for your loss of Jerry, Bill always tells me stories when he was younger about Jerry. Our prayers are with the family.

  5. Betty, i am truly sorry for your loss. as you know Gerry and i were lifelong friends. we belonged to the Eau Claire Flying Eagle, senior ski club and EC racing association. Gerry gave me my indoctrination into auto racing by letting me drive his race car the last race of the season about 1958. i won that race and my very successful racing career began. i have thought of you folks often. i always looked Gerry up when in town. due to the miles i did not return to town often. again, my condolences to you and your family. your lifelong friend. Dick Walch.

  6. Jean and I would like to extend our sympathies to the Heiman family. I don’t remember having met Jerry at parent conferences for the boys, who I had as students (including Garret) as eighth graders. You guys were always courteous and respectful and a pleasure to have in class. That is a reflection of good upbringing. However, we got to know Jerry when we bought the house across the street (now Rollie’s) from Jerry and Betty as a rental property. He had a heart of gold offering help and advice when we needed it. I remember putting a concrete slab on the east end of the house, and Jerry came over and volunteered to help level and strike off the concrete. We have fond memories of Jerry. God bless. Bob and Jean Keller

  7. Did not know jerry, just by name, but my bother chick was friends with jerry for years, Sorry to hear of your loss to all family JIM BUSH CHICK BUSH

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