Melvern Heitzman


November 27, 1933 - July 2, 2018


Melvern Heitzman, 84, of Mitchell, passed away on Monday July 2 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell surrounded by his wife and children.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, July 6 at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church in Mitchell.  Burial will be in the Emery Community Cemetery in Emery.  Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7:00 PM at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Melvern was born November 27, 1933 to Albert and Margaret (Eiseman) Heitzman on their farm south of Alexandria, SD.   Melvern attended country school and then began farming with his father on the land homesteaded by his family south of Alexandria.

Melvern married Dorothy Jung, the love of his life, on March 15, 1955. They were happily married for more than 63 years. They were blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Melvern began his successful farming career with his father. He taught his children the value of hard work and the importance of family. His tradition and values are carried on by his family every day.

Melvern accepted Christ as his Savior as a young man while attending Plum Creek Baptist Church in rural Emery.  After he and Dorothy were married, they attended First Baptist Church in Emery.  Upon retirement from farming the couple moved to Mitchell, SD where they attend the Mitchell Wesleyan Church. His faith in Christ was the cornerstone of his life. He passed his beliefs on to those he loved.

Melvern was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret Heitzman and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edwin and Gertrude Jung.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Heitzman, Mitchell; his three children; son Terry Heitzman (Sylvia) of Blaine,  MN; daughter Cindy Lawrence (Jim) of Oconomowoc, WI; and son Monte Heitzman of Sioux Falls, SD; grandchildren Aaron Heitzman, Jill Kramer, Brian Heitzman, Kristie Lawrence, Jeremy Lawrence, Samuel Heitzman and Sarah Heitzman,  and great grandchildren Everett, Ella, Easton, Cayden and Alaina; sister Darleen Hicks of Deadwood, SD; sister-in-law Della Deer of Aitken, MN; and  brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dennis and Janice Jung of Madison, SD and many nieces and nephews.

Melvern especially enjoyed having coffee with friends and discussing any aspect of farming. He also enjoyed spending time with family and watching high school basketball.

Melvern will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His family will patiently wait for the day that they get to join Melvern in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials that will go to the Abundant Grace International discipleship counseling ministry or support missions in Nepal.


Thursday, July 5, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, July 6, 2018
10:30 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, South Dakota

Posted by Janell Christiansen on July 6, 2018
I was so sorry to read of Melvern's death. You have my thoughts and sympathy in the loss of your special loved one. My prayers to you and family as you journey through the difficult grieving process.
Posted by Keith/Saundra Nash on July 5, 2018
We will forever be grateful for the friendship we enjoyed with Mel and Dorothy over the years. Our sympathy and prayers are with you, Dorothy, and the family in this time of personal loss. Yet we rejoice with you in your confidence in God's goodness in the midst of this family loss. God bless you.
Posted by Milton and Lovella Schrader on July 5, 2018
Yes grieving the loss of a loved one is hard but knowing they are waiting in heaven to meet us again makes it easier. We extend our sympathy to Melvern's family and keeping you all in our prayers.
Posted by Doug and Janelle Guericke on July 4, 2018
What a nice neighbor. Praying for the family.
Posted by Char Peterson on July 3, 2018
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
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