Lee Allen Heidemann, age 80, passed away November 17, 2018. He was born on November 14, 1938, in Fairbury, Nebraska to Fred A. and Eunice (Churnside) Heidemann. Lee was a 1956 graduate of Plymouth High School. After high school, he briefly worked for Dempsters. In 1959, he started his life-long passion of farming around Jansen, Nebraska and would continue that love of farming for the next 60 years.
On October 4, 1959 Lee married Joyce Schroeder at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Nebraska. Out of that marriage, three children were born; daughter, Tammy (Bruce) Kobza of Ireton, Iowa; daughter, Julie (Bob) Lambert of Scottsdale, Arizona and son, Jarrod (Kristen Grell) of Diller.
Lee and Joyce farmed in the Jansen area their entire lives and built the home they have resided in with the help of family and friends. In addition to farming, he enjoyed attending livestock auctions and fattening cattle. His entire family gathered at their homestead for decades as they hosted the family tradition of processing sausage from their old family recipe.
Lee enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting activities as well as traveling both abroad and in the United States with family and friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, Harold and Leola (Haecker) Schroeder, brothers Orlynn and Douglas, a sister, Loretta, brothers-in-law, Jack Nider, Maurice Mueller, Duane Schroeder and sister-in-law, Lois Schroeder, niece JoDee McBride and nephew Darin Heidemann.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Joyce, his three children and their spouses and grandchildren, Lindsay (Lambert) and husband, Colin Stewart, Colorado; Dack Lambert, Arizona; Jodi Lambert, California; Grant Kobza and fiancée Allison Geivett, Colorado; Olivia Kobza, Iowa and Addison Heidemann, Karli Heidemann and Creyton Heidemann, all of Diller, Nebraska.
He is also survived by his sisters, Eloyde Mueller, Kathleen Nider and Joan Heidemann; brothers Howard (Linda) Heidemann, Robert (Nancy) Heidemann and Donald (Suzanne) Heidemann, loving nieces and nephews and many caring friends.
Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1, at Gerdes-Meyer Chapel, 2414 H St., Fairbury, NE. The family will greet friends prior to the services Saturday morning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the Family's Choice. Sign Lee’s online register book at www.gerdesmeyerfh.com