Cyril "Cy" Heissel, age 75, of Storm Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, after a lengthy illness.
Cy was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Le Mars, the son of William and Elizabeth (Mairose) Heissel. He attended school in Merrill, where he graduated from high school in 1948.
In 1951, Cy was united in marriage to Janice Crowley in Le Mars, where the couple lived until 1989. They were blessed with a family of four children: Julie, Kirk, Diane and Dan.
After farming for several years, Cy joined the auto business, working in the parts department of Pew's Buick and Pontiac. He later switched to sales, working for Pew's, Whelan Motors, Chuck Wood Chevrolet and then retired from selling insurance in 1980.
While in Le Mars, Cy was active in Sertoma Club, the Le Mars Jaycees, and the Isaac Walton League. He served in the Iowa National Guard for seven years, retiring as First Lieutenant.
Cy was also an avid hunter and fisherman. It was the love of the water and fishing that brought Cy and Jan to Storm Lake, where they have lived for the past 16 years.
Cy and Jan are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jan of Storm Lake and children Julie (Jim) Mueller of Crystal Lake, Ill., Kirk (Lee) Heissel of Green Bay, Wis., Diane (Keith) Culver of Hinton, and Dan (Carol) Heissel of Everly. He is further survived by 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Oliva Muir of St. Louis, Mo., and Mary Lihudis of Le Mars; other extended family and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth Heissel.
Funeral service were at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, with the Rev. Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery in Le Mars.
Visitation was from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fratkze & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake, where the family was present from 6 to 8 p.m. A Legion of Mary Rosary was said at 3:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service was at 7 p .m.
Those who wish to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home website: www.fratzkejensen.com.