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Kenneth (Sam) Heimgartner

September 15, 1944 — December 22, 2019


     Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Ken (Sam) Heimgartner.  While Alzheimer's took Sam from us too early, his memory will live on in those of us he helped, coached, mentored, trained and loved.  Donations can also be made online

A scholarship fund, started in memory of Marsha Heimgartner.  


Marsha taught in the Spencer community schools for 20 years, having also taught previously at other locations including West Point. In lieu of flowers, we would like this fund in honor of her life as an educator and benefit a Spencer High School Senior pursuing higher education. 


100% of this fund will be donated to the scholarship.  Donations can also be made by going online to

Kenneth (Sam) Ruben Heimgartner


Sam was born to Ruben and Florence Heimgartner in LeMars, IA on September 15, 1944.

His childhood was spent on the farm near Kingsley, Iowa.  He attended elementary and secondary school at Union Consolidated School through the 10th grade and graduated from Concordia High School in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After graduation, he attended Westmar College.

Sam also met his wife, Marsha, at Westmar College and they were married August 27, 1966 in Inwood, Iowa.  To this union, one daughter was born.

He graduated from Westmar College with a Bachelor of Science degree and was then drafted into the Army in 1968.  He served as Military Police at West Point Military Academy and also the 2nd Field Forces Headquarters in Vietnam.  After he was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 1969, he joined the Iowa Highway Patrol in 1970.  He was assigned to Post #3 in Atlantic and lived in Minden, Iowa.  In 1981, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Assistant Post Commander in Post #6, Spencer, Iowa until his retirement in 2000.  He was a radar instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the Iowa State Patrol and also a firearms instructor and firearms armorer for the Patrol.

Sam coached Little League baseball and softball and was a basketball referee for 16 years.  His main hobby was competitive pistol shooting.  He joined the Iowa State Patrol Pistol Team in 1972 and was also a member of the Royal Rifle and Pistol Club.  He also like to do some woodworking projects and enjoyed golfing.  Sam was a referee for the NRA at the National Police Shooting Championships beginning in 2002, and became Chief Referee for the National Police Shooting Championship in 2009.

He was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Spencer.  He was also a member of First English Lutheran Church.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents (Ruben and Florence Heimgartner), mother-in law and father-in-law (Leota and Dallas Madland) and his wife, Marsha.

He is survived by his daughter, Jill (Mike) Shuman of Chicago; and two brothers: Wayne (Judy) Heimgartner of Quimby, IA and Daryl Heimgartner (Sioux City, IA); many nephews, nieces, other relatives and countless friends.

Shared Memorial services will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl

All of their many friends.
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Friday, December 27, 2019 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Great Is The Lord"
Peace Be Yours"
"Go Out As People of God"
By The First English Lutheran Church Praise Team

Kristin Kaldahl
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by:
Glen Pedersen Post #1 - American Legion
VFW Clay County Post #3159
Iowa State Patrol District 6
immediately following the graveside services.
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