Keith L. Heezen

12/8/37 – 3/27/19

Keith L. Heezen died March 27, 2019 after a brief hospitalization. He was 81.  Keith was born December 8, 1937 to Merle and Evelyn Heezen in Plankinton, SD.  He was raised a hard-working farm boy and outdoorsman.  Keith obtained an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from the university of Idaho. He married Arlea Williams while attending school and their son was born in 1961 in Orofino, ID. Shortly after graduation the family moved to Minnesota where Keith worked  for the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife while pursuing a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology. He moved his family to Michigan in 1965 and began working for the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources. Daughter Kim was born in Bath, MI in 1969.

Keith and Arlea later divorced, and Keith married his true love, Edith Darling in 1984.  Keith was preceded in death by both his parents and  an infant granddaughter Emily Nicole.  Keith is survived by his sisters, Jan (Larry) Rippee and Kathy (Dale) Neirby; by brothers, Gary (Donna), Jay, and Dee (Sue) Heezen; son, Lynn Heezen and daughter Kim (Dan) Thompson; stepson Charles (Sonya) Jamsen, stepdaughter Kirsten (Anton Jachim)  Jamsen; and 6 grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Ruth Thompson Thelen
March 30, 2019 at 10:54 am

Edith, I am so very sorry for your loss. Keith was a kind man and loved you very much. I know you will miss him greatly. May he Rest In Peace. My sincere sympathy. Ruth (Fitness Center)

Margaret Wolfe
March 31, 2019 at 11:41 am

Dear Edith,
Charley and I were very sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. I know he was the love of your life. With love and our deepest sympathy.
Margaret and Charley Wolfe

Kevin Moran
March 31, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Dear Edith,
My sincere condolences on the loss of a fine man. I will fondly remember the thoughtful conversations we had on a wide variety of topics.

Kevin Moran

Judith Dow
March 31, 2019 at 8:33 pm

I just read the announcement in the State Journal. Dennis and I send our love. I will be in touch.

Paula Gotcher
April 1, 2019 at 1:11 am

Dear Edith:

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Paula Gotcher

Leelyn Johnson
April 1, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Dear Edith,

We were saddened to hear about your loss. Keith was a wonderful man. Our thoughts are with you.

Leelyn and Terry Place

George & Patricia Burgoyne
April 5, 2019 at 12:22 pm


We were saddened to hear of Keith’s passing. He was a fine man and thoroughly respected by those of us who had the pleasure of working with him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patty Raymond
April 6, 2019 at 6:22 pm

Edith I was so saddened to get your phone call today Keith was a wonderful man. I was lucky to know him, he literally changed my life for the better. I wish you the best. I know you are missing him.terribly.


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