Kenneth Dwayne Heppler


December 2, 1931 - March 10, 2017


Kenneth Dwayne Heppler was a good and faithful servant.  He was confirmed on May 11, 1947 at Holy Trinity Church in Volga SD.  In 1967 he along with Carmen led sixteen youth to the International Luther League Convention in Seattle WA.  Kenny was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Over the years he was involved in several community organizations including the Exchange Club, Elk’s Club, Moose Lodge and the Senior Citizen’s Center.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Carmen (Holter) and his children: Jeffrey (Deanna) Heppler of Mitchell, Roxanne (Curt) Volk of Boise, ID, Danny Heppler of Mitchell, Michael (Heidi) Heppler of Sioux Falls; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; one brother:  Glenn (Audrey) Heppler of Volga and one sister:  Delores (Halvor) Nelson of St. Paul MN.

Kenny was born in Arlington SD in 1931.  He was the second of five children born to George and Grace (Franken) Heppler who farmed between Brookings and Volga.  He attended country schools through the 8th grade and graduated from SDSC Ag School in 1953.  In 1954 he married Carmen Holter.  The Hepplers would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary next month.

After graduating from Ag School he managed the college farm by Brookings.  Shortly after marriage he was drafted into the Army and served two years.  Later he would be in the Army National Guard and Reserves.  After active duty service Kenny earned a BS degree in Agriculture at SDSC graduating in 1960.  After graduation he started working as a county extension agent for Deuel County and they lived in Clear Lake SD.  In 1961 Kenny was called to serve during the Berlin Crisis and his wife and two small children moved to Colorado Springs CO.

After a year the family moved to Parker SD and Kenny worked as assistant county extension agent for Turner County.  Soon he took a job managing American Cyanamid Farm Supply.  One child was added to the family during their time in Parker.

In 1968 Kenny was promoted to Territory Manager for American Cyanamid and managed forty plant locations.  The family moved to Spencer IA and another child was added to the family.  The family moved to Mitchell SD in 1974.  In 1976 he, with the help of the entire family, built the house where they currently still live.  Kenny worked for Golden Sun Feeds as a Territory Manager until 1979 when he became self-employed working as James Valley Ag Service until he retired in 1994.  Throughout his career he earned several sales awards but his family was most important to him.  Camping, reunions and holidays were big events where he cherished time with his kids and extended family.

After retirement Kenny volunteered his time at Queen of Peace Hospital for eight years.  He drove the Disabled American Veterans van accumulating over 1300 hours.  He also volunteered at the Corn Palace helping with crowd control for basketball games and polka fest events.  Kenny enjoyed Mitchell Kernel and Dakota Wesleyan basketball games.  He was a big race fan and enjoyed spending time with sons, grandchildren and friends at the track. 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Merlin and his sister, Marlys Harrington.


 In lieu of flowers, memorials to Life Quest, are preferred.





Tuesday, March 14, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
1400 East 2nd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 East 2nd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saint Petri Cemetery
Bruce, South Dakota

Posted by TERRY HOUDEK on March 15, 2017
Posted by Carly Larson on March 15, 2017
Thank you for all the wonderful memories Grandpa. Love and prayers.
Posted by Doug and Bonnie Carlson on March 14, 2017
Know that our prayers are with all of you. May many wonderful memories help you through this time!
Posted by Orv & Charlotte Smidt on March 13, 2017
Aways enjoyed getting caught up with family news at the Franken reunion. Will miss you cousin. Prayers for peace to Carmen & family. God bless you all.
Posted by Adelpha on March 13, 2017
So sorry for your loss, always a striking looking couple. Rest In Peace faithful servant Kenneth!
Posted by Butch & Diane Odegaard on March 13, 2017
Our thoughts & prayers go out to you at this trying time. Kenneth will certainly be missed.
Posted by Joyce Svennes, Brad Svennes on March 13, 2017
Enjoyed our visit last year. Praying for the family
Posted by Robert & Lola Perry on March 13, 2017
Our prayer and thoughts are with you Heppler Family Rest In Peace Kenneth
Posted by Helen Gunderson on March 13, 2017
Seems many years ago now but always remember the family when they lived in Parker. My sympathy to Carmen and their children. He will be missed!
Posted by Ramona Munneke on March 13, 2017
We enjoyed our time spent with your family, Kenny was always so kind to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Gary Hyatt on March 13, 2017
Jeff & family, So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers.
Posted by Jen Larsen on March 13, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Cherish all the good memories in your heart.
Posted by Dan and Ronda Bjerke on March 12, 2017
Love and prayers from Texas. Rest In Peace, uncle Kenny!
Posted by Marsha Gunderson on March 12, 2017
The Lee & Helen Gunderson Family has great members of Kenny at Cyanamid in Parker. Our sympathy to your family. Blessed be his memory!
Posted by Elaine and LeRoy Misfeldt on March 12, 2017
Carmen and family, so sorry, our thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Kenny was a special guy, and will be missed by all.
Posted by Gary &Diane Bombeck on March 12, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers with all your family. We have such great memories.
Posted by Neva, Lynelle & Jim on March 12, 2017
Hugs and prayers to all of you! Mom was so glad to get to see him when he was and then when he was in the hospital.
Posted by Al & Deanne Larson on March 12, 2017
Our deepest sympathy
Posted by Myron Holter on March 12, 2017
Prayers from your cousin thru marriage
Posted by Rose Anderson on March 12, 2017
Prayer are with you and family.
Posted by JoAnne Westerhausen on March 11, 2017
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Hugs and prayers 🙏❤
Posted by Corrine Fenske on March 11, 2017
My sympathy to you on the loss of your loved one....
Posted by Doug & Cindy Carlson on March 11, 2017
Love, Hugs & Prayers to you all!♡♡♡♡♡
Posted by Sandy and Gary howard on March 11, 2017
Prayers and thoughts are with sorry for your you all.
Posted by Danna Jo Neugebauer on March 11, 2017
Sorry for your loss. The entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Liza Reinesch on March 11, 2017
Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
Posted by Sherry Holter Hoy on March 11, 2017
Sorry for your loss
Posted by Roxanne Volk on March 11, 2017
I was so blessed to have a father like you. I will always be your "favorite" daughter forever.
Posted by Kathy Holter on March 11, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time
Posted by Jeff Heppler on March 11, 2017
Best Dad one could ever wish for. Love You.
Posted by Michael Heppler on March 11, 2017
Love and miss you dad.
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