Raymond Heidt


Raymond Heidt, 66, of Bismarck, ND, passed away on October 6, 2022, at Sanford Health, Bismarck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 10, 2022, at Church of St. Anne’s, Bismarck, ND.  Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck, ND. A livestream of the service will be available on the Bismarck Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 9, 2022, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck, with a Rosary at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Raymond (Ray) Anton Heidt, 66, went to heaven with the angels Thursday morning Oct. 6, 2022, with his wife Henri, sons and grandchildren at his side.

Ray was born on Nov. 19, 1955, to George and Georgianna (Obritschkewitsch) Heidt in Lemmon, SD where he was raised until age 6 when the family moved to Jamestown.  Ray attended St. John’s Academy and graduated from Jamestown High School class of 1974.  He then attended BSC Power Plant Technology Program.

Ray married the love of his life Henrietta (Henri) Ternes on April 16, 1977, and together raised two sons Justin and Ryan with love. Ray was a man who wore many hats and was a man of many talents.  He always said, “If you don’t find him handsome find him handy.”

Ray retired from the NDSP on Feb. 1, 2022, after 35 and a half years of service.  He was a construction supervisor of the latest addition of the penitentiary, a job he was very proud of and talked about often.  Ray loved playing pranks on the unsuspecting construction workers, if you were pranked by Ray, you know who you are.  Ray’s slowing down years to retirement were spent working with the clinic staff a position he was proud of.  He says he was frequently known as “The grumpy old man”.

He was involved as a den leader, developing the Bismarck Little League, and participated in the Cops and Kids fishing. He was cofounding member of the B/S lodge.  Ray was a board member with the rural fire department and was an avid collector of License plates.

Ray’s love for life took him on many journey’s.  He designed and built our forever family home in 1984, a construction project he was forever proud of.  He lived in the country giving his sons space to roam and enjoy wide open space.  Ray’s favorite times were spent with his family and friends building memories.  Through the many years we enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, camping, going on family trips, limo rides and going on trips with friends.  Ray’s favorite times were spent with his 5 grandchildren at Lake Tschida Cabin.  He loved to take them fishing, tubing and just spending Grandpa time building memories with each one of them.  He also had adopted grandchildren who he loved to entertain at the cabin.

Ray will be missed by his wife, Henri; son, Justin (Robbyn) and their children, Jordan Kramer, (great granddaughter), Norma Kramer, Jada and Kylen Heidt, son Ryan (Joni) and their children, Hailey Graff and Remington Heidt; 5 brothers, Roger (Diane) Rich (Kathleen Dalhum) Russ, Dean (Mary) and Dave (Cathy); 2 sisters, Lavonne (Steve) Bender and Marietta Heidt; sister-in-law, Sam Heidt; father-in-law, Baldwin Ternes; his in-laws, Leonelle (Mike) Garr, Terry (Lorrie) Ternes, Dina (Dennis) Ferderer, Deb (Lelyn) Will, Bob (Brenda) Ternes, Mary (Dean) Heidt, Trish (Dewey) Helbling; sister-in-law, Sandra Ternes, Aggie Eastham, Stephanie Ternes, Connie (Randy) Friesz, Scott Ternes and Roxanne Drogan and many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Georgia Heidt; brothers, Randy and Ron; sister-in-law, Nancy; infant sister, Michelle; nephew, Brock Bender; mother-in-law, Irene Ternes; brothers-in-law, Herbie and Joe Ternes; niece, Jasmyn Knipling; and nephew DJ Ferderer.

The family wishes to thank each and every one of you for prayers, love and support throughout Ray’s journey.  Always remember to hold those dear to you as we never know what tomorrow may bring.  The family asks that we all celebrate Ray’s love of hunting and fishing by wearing hunting and fishing attire to the prayer service and funeral mass.



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Our deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies.
Sheryl and Carson Fleck

Deepest condolences to the whole family.

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

My deepest sympathies Henri, Justin & Ryan. Still in shock reading this this morning. 💔💔

Dear Henri, Justin, Ryan & families~~
We both lost our dear spouses @ the young age of 66 yrs. Gracious for the times we were co-workers & the visits @ occasions that brought us together…hurt that you are widowed also. Hugs to each of you in your time of sorrow!

Ray: We are all gonna miss you. Class of ’74 JHS was blessed with people of special talents you are one.
God bless the family of Ray Heitd

Again, as in High School, as I would say then and still today. When it comes to Raymond I can never get it right spelling the Heidt.. 1/2 the time it was td the other 1/2 was dt. Anyway, Ray in Heaven they have the Holy spell checks. Ray, you are at the table! Peace….

I am so sorry to see your husband’s obituary in the paper. May God comfort you and give you peace as you mourn the loss of your loved one. God bless

My condolences to your family and everyone that loved you. May God Bless you.. RiP

I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Prayers for Ray and family. Rest in Peace Ray and God Bless you.

Henri and family. I am so sorry to hear about Ray. As kids we spent a lot of time together and I enjoyed most every minute. My heat goes out to your entire family. I just had surgery so I will not be able to come to the funeral. Love Carol (Schulz) Gefre

Thinking of you all! So sorry to hear about Ray! He was a special man! All our prayers! Ryan, Trudy, Cambria and Lauren Riehl

Henri and family, sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to you during this difficult time.

Henri & family: I want you to know we are upholding you & all of your family in our prayers!🙏🙏🤗🤗You have my “heartfelt” sympathy!! May you all hold onto the good memories “Ray.”With prayers & hugs!!🙏🙏🤗🤗❤️Jan Gilchrist

My condolences to Rays family and friends. I enjoyed working with him at NDSP over the years. He was a hard worker and a good officer. May he Rest in Peace with our Lord Jesus ❤️🙏. Respectfully

So sorry to head about Ray. One of cherished childhood memories was going to Jamestown to visit. RIP
Joyce Schulz

Ryan so sorry for your loss

Dear Henri, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, Ray. Sending you and your children love and prayers. Jennifer (Ternes) Michie

So sorry to read of Ray passing away.

So sorry for the loss of Raymond. Wish we could have made it to the funeral, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Phyllis and Dwight Thompson