Donald G. Heise, 86, Sentinel Butte, ND passed away on July 15, 2018, at Edgewood Vista, Mandan. A graveside service will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, on July 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place and no visitation will be held.
Donald was born on December 13, 1931 to Dorance and Margaret Heise on the family farm near Ryder, ND. After graduating from Makoti High School, he attended the North Dakota College of Science, Wahpeton and graduated with a degree in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology. He then served in the US Army during the Korean War.
In 1952, Don and his brother Jim opened Heise Auto Body and Wheel Alignment in New Town, ND. In his spare time, he liked to compete in dirt oval car racing and pleasure riding on snowmobiles and motorcycles. While he used his boat mostly for fishing it was also used in water rescues for stranded boaters on Lake Sakakawea during his 25 plus years as Fire Chief for New Town.
Don also liked to bowl. That is where he met the love of his life Katherine Kautzman, owner of Main Lanes. They were united in marriage on Feb 3, 1966.
After retiring in 1987, Don and Kathy moved to their farm north of Sentinel Butte. There Don built his dream garage where he could do wheel alignments and work on cars.
While on the farm Don found a new passion for planting gardens and trees. He was known for making metal and wood sculptures. Don was blessed with having many great neighbors. They enjoyed many hours of playing cards or sharing meals.
In 2014 Don was awarded by the American Legion for being an active member for over 60 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Katherine of 50 years, his parents, and one brother Jim.
He is survived by his four step children, Kathy (Bob) Ecklund, Cross Lake, MN, Pam (Daryl) Locken of New Town, ND, Tim (Sandra) Kautzman of Litchfield, MN and Bruce (Marla) Kautzman of Casa Grande, AZ, eight grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren, his sister Pat Smith of Albuquerque, NM and brother Gary (Renae) Heise of Mesa, AZ as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.