Celestine “Les” Heying, Buffalo


Celestine “Les” Heying, age 78, of Buffalo, formerly of Minnetonka, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Maple Lake with Fr. John Meyer as the celebrant. Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake. Friends were invited to call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, both at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Maple Lake. Parish prayers were at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials are preferred to St. Timothy Catholic Church, St. Timothy Catholic School or Allina Hospice.
Celestine Herman Heying was born March 15, 1935, in Richmond to Bernard and Catherine (Kohorst) Heying. He graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring with the Class of 1954. Les served his country in the U.S. Army. On July 16, 1960, he was united in marriage to Jean Chirhart at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring. Les worked as a truck driver for John Sexton & Company for 32 years; in his retirement he drove for NAPA Auto Parts. He was a member of the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131, Teamsters Local 544, Maple Lake Fr. O’Brien’s Council Knights of Columbus, St. Timothy Catholic Church and a former member of St. Mary of the Lake, Plymouth. Les was mechanically inclined and very handy; from fixing the house and car to making toys, he could do it all.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Buffalo; children, Margaret, of Plymouth; Steve (Julie), of Rockville; Lynn, of Minneapolis; Charles, of Hanover; Tony (Jamie), of Maple Lake; Kathryn, of Mountain View, Calif.; and Gretchen (Joshua Chambers), of Seattle; brothers, Linus (Theresa), of Waite Park; Henry (Kathleen), of St. Cloud; and Vern (Carol), of Anacortes, Wash.; and five grandchildren: Zach, Aaron, Melynda, Abygayl and Grace. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Catherine; sister, Ginny Butala; brother Barney; and nine half brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers for the service were Margaret, Steve, Lynn, Charles, Tony, Kathryn and Gretchen Heying, Zach and Aaron Freeman and Joshua Chambers. Sarah Goelz and Anne Pribyl provided music for the service. Military honors were provided by the Maple Lake American Legion Post 131, Maple Lake VFW Post 7664 and the Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard.  Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake. Obituary, Guestbook and Video Tribute are available online at dingmannfuneral.com