James Heeren Feb. 16, 1944-Jan. 7, 2018

James Heeren

     James Heeren, age 73, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at his home following an extended illness.

     A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2018 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, with Military Honors accorded by the United States Army. Interment will be in the Hopkinton Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call from after 11 at the Goettsch Funeral Home. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.

     Surviving is his mother, Mae Marie Heeren, Sand Springs; a son James of Las Vegas, Nev.; a daughter, Shannon Heeren, Madison, Wis.; his siblings, Michelle (Phillip) Legate, Marion, George (Cathy) Heeren, Cedar Rapids, Rick Heeren, Springville, Alecia (Stephen) Lewis, Des Moines, David (Krissy) Heeren, Bloomfield. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer, and siblings, Pam Lewis, Juanita Manternach and Gerald Heeren.

     James Arthur Heeren was born Feb. 16, 1944 at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello, Iowa. He was the son of Elmer and Mae Marie Martin, Heeren. Jim graduated from the Monticello Community Schools in 1962. He then worked at Freese Motors before serving in the United States Army. Following his discharge from the Army, he worked at Cedar Rapids Chevrolet in the frame and front-end department. In 1976 he became a salesman at Jim Miller Plymouth in Cedar Rapids and continued with Jim Miller as they transitioned into a Nissan Dealership. He retired after 31 years in 2007. Jim Miller considered him a great friend as well as an employee.

     Jim was a member of the Cedar Rapids Corvette Club and was an international representative for the club as well. He worked at Hawkeye Downs in the Pit Shack for years and oversaw and organized the Falstaff 100 at the track. He worked as a gasman at the Permatex 400 Grand National Series in Daytona for Bill McDonough in 1972. He attended many Indy 500 races over the years. 


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