Ervin Clair Heller, age 93, of Toledo died Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM at Christ United Methodist Church Worship Center in Toledo with Pastor Mary Schnepf officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo. A memorial visitation was held on Monday, October 19 from 5 to 8 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Ervin was born on June 11, 1916 in Koszta, Iowa, the son of Jesse H. and Clara (Young) Heller. The family farmed near Koszta and later Marengo. The family then moved to Grundy Center. Ervin lived with his uncle Leo Young while he completed high school and graduated from Marengo High School. He worked for the Amana Colonies and his uncle's farm while in high school. He qualified for the state track meet as a sprinter. Ervin returned to Grundy Center where he met and married Marion Snyder. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Ervin worked at Pioneer in Reinbeck, and as plant manager in Dysart, and Toledo. He later accepted an assignment in the Pioneer Overseas Division, where he developed seed production facilities in Brazil, Chile, China, India, and several eastern block European counties.
Ervin retired to his farm in Toledo and later moved to Carrington Place Apartments. Ervin and Marion raised a family of eight children. He served on the School Board, and was active in the Lions and Masons. Ervin was instrumental in the formation of the South Tama County School District.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marion, on August 22, 2002; two brothers, Orrin Heller and Richard Heller; one sister, Gertha Lynch; a son-in-law, Alan John Spillum; and a grandson in infancy.
Survivors include eight children, Janet (Dennis) Kaisand of Arlington, TX, Elaine (Al) Morrill of Edina, MN, Daniel (Terri) Heller of Tama, Lois (Bill) Salyer of Waterloo, Don (Betsy Ross) Heller of Pine Island, MN, Joel Heller of Grants Pass, OR, Laurel (William) Fryers of Colfax, IL, and Luther (Nancy) Heller of Montour; twenty-one grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Carl Heller of Cottonwood, CA, Marvin Heller of Ft. Collins, CO, and Duane Heller of Johnston; one sister, Rachel Heller of Grundy Center; ex daughters-in-law, Karen Mattsen of Ottawa, IL, Gloria Heller of Spokane, WA, and Nancy Heller of Grants Pass, OR; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to the Toledo Public Library.