1939-2012

Howard J. “Butch” Heisterkamp, 73, of Carroll, died late Friday evening, Sept. 14, 2012, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll.  

The celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson.  Music will be by Barb McDermott and the Holy Spirit Choir with John Wagner as soloist.  Lectors for the will be Butch’s daughter Kim Vandendriessche and Butch’s granddaughters Jamie Vandendriessche, Kristin Etherington, Marisa Heisterkamp and Katie Jackson.  

Gift bearers will be Butch’s children Terri Heisterkamp and Doug Heisterkamp. Casket bearers will be Butch’s grandsons Jacob Heisterkamp, Josh Heisterkamp, Jonathan Heisterkamp, Joel Heisterkamp, Bryce Vandendriessche and Zach Heisterkamp.  

The Breda Catholic Order of Foresters will form an honor guard for Mass.  Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Friends may call at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 4:30 p.m. Monday. There will be a rosary at 5 p.m. by the Breda Catholic Order of Foresters and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. by Holy Spirit Parish.  

Visitation will resume after the casket is moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Online condolences may be left at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born Jan. 6, 1939, at Carroll, Iowa, Howard J. Heisterkamp was a son of Leo “Blackie” and Leonella (Wess) Heisterkamp.  Butch attended St. Bernard School and graduated with the Class of 1956 from St. Bernard High School.  

Following his formal education he worked along with his father at Breda Auto.  On Aug. 1, 1959, he married Kay Fleskes at St. Lawrence Church in Carroll. Over a span of 40 years Butch managed several different car businesses in Iowa and South Dakota.  

In the late 1970s he ran for the Iowa State Senate and later became the Carroll County chairman for the Democratic Party. Butch and Kay retired to the Carroll community in 2000.  He was an avid Cyclones and Yankees fan, loved the outdoors, enjoyed his dogs Charlie and Bogie and loved playing golf.  

Butch was devoted to his family and was always interested and involved in his grandchildren’s lives.  He was past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, member of the Breda Catholic Order of Foresters, and was a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Kay Heisterkamp of Carroll; his children: Kim (Mike) Vandendriessche of Cedar Falls, Dave (Deb) Heisterkamp of Polk City, Terri Heisterkamp of Roland, and Doug Heisterkamp of Johnston; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sisters: Bonnie Henrich of Iowa Falls, Shirley (Ron) Longacre of Bellevue, Neb., and Jayne (Gary) Koster of Henderson, Nev.; one brother, Ken (Marlene) Heisterkamp of Rapid City, S.D.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Annette (Bob) Oswald of Carroll, Vera (Duane) Sporrer of Carroll, Judie (Tex) Adams of Estherville, and Jack (Shirley) Fleskes of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; as well as other extended relatives and many friends.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; and his in-laws: Pat and Tex Sturm and Don Henrich.