In Memory of

Thomas L. Heidenreich

April 1, 1954 - August 16, 2011
Tom was born April 1, 1954, in Stockton, California, to Maxine (Nomsen) and Donald Heidenreich. He was raised in Wall Lake, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1972. In 1976 he obtained a degree in social work from Morningside College. Tom was employed by the State of Iowa Department of Human Services from 1976 until his retirement in 2009, having spent 33 years working at Cherokee Mental Health Institute. During that time he touched the lives of many people - patients and families, staff and coworkers, and more than seventy-five doctors and resident psychiatrists. Tom was an athlete and an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed bicycling and playing tennis, racquetball, and golf as well as hunting and fishing. When his children were young, he coached youth soccer and Little League baseball, and he was a Little League umpire and a member of Little League board. Having volunteered at WHS track meets for many years, Tom was named the Honorary Referee for the 2011 Tomahawk Relays. Tom also served on the board of the North Star Community Credit Union for 9 years. The family spent many summers camping in the Black Hills, and prior to his illness, he and Minda worked two summers in Custer State Park where Tom was known as Yard Man at the State Game Lodge. Tom is survived by his wife of 35 years, Minda; two daughters, Rachel (Ryan) Woratschka of Cadott, Wisconsin, and Molly (Josh) Gingery of Cherokee; a son, Steve (Stacey) Heidenreich of Stillwater, Minnesota; a grandson, Tyler Woratschka; a brother, Jim (Connie) Heidenreich of Kansas City, Missouri; his parents-in-law, Robert and Doris Battern, of Columbia, Missouri; brother-in-law John (Julie) Battern of Le Mars, Iowa, sisters-in-law, Kari (Robert) Lucke of Columbia, Missouri, and Alisa (Duane) Larson of Eureka, Missouri, as well as nieces, nephews, and many longtime friends. Preceding Tom in death were his grandfather, Louis Nomsen, his grandmother, Edna (Carroll) Nomsen, his parents, and his faithful hunting dog Max.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, August 20, 2011 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee.
Pastor James Steen
Honorary Bearers Brian Fulton Steve Thomas Mike Rose Louie Hausmann Dan Meloy Jay Loughlin Dave Stickrod Kim Peters
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Friday with the family present from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Good job miakng it appear easy.”
- Tiger
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sorry to learn of Tom's passing. Before moving to Washington I worked at the Mental Health for 21 years, much (or all)of the time while Tom was working there. He was always so friendly, helpful, and considerate of others. My you find comfort in knowing he is at peace, and that you will see him again. Hold all of the wonderful memories of times you had together close, and he will never be far away. God's blessings to your family. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My prayers and thoughts are with you Minda and your family, friends, Tom's family and friends through such a difficult time. Tom was a great Wall Lake friend. I am so sorry for your loss.”
Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Bob, Doris and Mindy's families My sympathy will be with you all.
So sorry of your lost my god put his arms around you and comfort you all. Your Cousin ”
- Lorene (Murphy) Whitehill
Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Minda and family you have our deepest sympathy. What a huge loss for not only your family, but also all of us who had the honor of having Tom as a friend. He was a fantastic asset to the community and a great role model for all of us. We certainly would have been to the services if we had been in Cherokee. We will continue to pray for your family as you mourn this loss. Take some comfort in remembering all of those wonderful memories you have with Tom that will be with you forever.”
- Dale and Linda Bartel
Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“RIP, Tom --

Good memories become treasures!”
- Ron & Jan Witcombe
Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom will be missed so much; he always had a smile on his face and a cheerful word. He was a great baseball coach to our boys. Prayers and thoughts are with Minda, Rachel, Steve and Molly. Keep memories close to your heart.”
- Robin Bunch
Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“It was with great sadness that I read about Tom in the paper today. Tom was my roommate at Morningside for a year. I have only seen him a few times since we parted ways years ago but we always joked about both of us having gray hair at an early age (people said there must have been something in the water at Morningside). Tom was great guy and as I read about the events of his life I could see he remained a great guy throughout his life. He was one of those people who was just fun to be around. I am so very sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you.”
- Jim Mascarello
Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Tom's illness and his passing. I knew him from high school. Always admired him. He was always such a nice person. My deepest sympathy to his family.”
- Vickie S Kies (Bundt)
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Minda and Family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of working with Tom at Cherokee MHI. He was firm with patients when he had to be but was also a gentle soul who respected everyone. His smile, laughter, and friendship will always be cherished by me.
May God's love and peace surround you now and always.”
- Vicki and Al Baxter
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathy goes out to Tom's family during this difficult time.”
- Peggy A Gardner
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We have all suffered your loss, Minda and family...hold on to your memories. Noone can ever take them away. Take care ~ Tricia Vredenburg & family”
- Tricia
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our family will never forget the first time we met the Heidenreich family in the wonderful Black Hills just over 15 years ago. They were instant friends. That doesn't happen very often in ones life. Our paths didn't cross very often, but when they did Tom was the first to come over with a bear hug and a hand shake. It was if we had just seen one another - he was always a friend and always will be. Tom is now cancer-free and his chains are gone. Blessings to each of the family, we love you all so very much and have been thinking of you every day.”
- Lorrie M Tarr
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom was a loving, kind man who will be missed for many years. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his family. It is a sad day. ”
- Lynda Darling
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Heidenreich Family my deepest sympathy to you at this sad time in your lifes, I wasn't lucky enough to get to know Tom, but he obviously was a great dad and helped raise a wonderful woman like Rachel, Im sure he will be missed terribly, prayers are with you.”
- Mary Jo Bowe
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Rachel & family. We are very saddened to hear of your dad's passing. I know that he is so proud of all of you and he loved every moment and memory. He will smile down on all of your new memories and be with you always. You will feel him in the quiet times and miss him like crazy. Our love surrounds you all now and each day after.”
- Patrice Roth & family
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My heart & prayers go out to Minda & the family at this difficult time. I went to school with Tom in Wall Lake & graduated with him in '72. He was a great person & sounds like he had a wonderful life. He was to young to have this happen. ”
- Marlene (Bruns) Shipp
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Minda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my prayers, and deepest condolences!”
- Holly Bogue
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I was sorry to learn of Tom's passing. I enjoyed working with him at MHI. ”
- Jane Weins
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Deeply sorry for your loss. Tom (The Silver Fox) was a great man and will always hold a special place in my heart as the father I never had.”
- Kevin Richmiller
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Minda & Kids: Mark and I are so saddened by your loss. Please know that our prayers and with you all.
- Mark & Sandy Minger
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