Rick Lee Heintz, age 69 of Fargo, ND joined the Lord on June 5, 2016, following complications after his lung transplant. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD on September 5, 1946 to Farnum and Deve (Schultz) Heintz. He grew up in Clear Lake, SD where he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Luke Giessinger. Rick graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1965. He attended two years college and worked in Iowa in the summers building grain bins. He was later employed at Behren’s Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD.
In 1968, he married Linda Bolen in Sioux Falls and they moved to Los Angeles, CA where he graduated from LA Mortuary College. His first job was working for Vertins Mortuary in Wahpeton, ND. During that time he had one daughter, Tawnya. He was hired with the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1972 and had two more daughters, Rickae and Cassandra. He married Laura Sauvageau in 1999. He worked for the railroad until 2002 when he encountered an accidental exposure to anhydrous ammonia on the job. He has been retired since. He had a lung transplant January 2015.
During his life he had a huge love for golf, either watching it on TV or playing. Rick loved spending time with his granddaughters going to their races, music concerts and staying with them in the summer so he could take them to activities. In the last 10 years he spent his winters in Lake Havasu, AZ. He will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by children, Tawnya (Tom) Ricker, Rickae (Randy) Walberg, Cassandra (Scott) Steele; mother, Deve Giessinger; brother, Jay (Donna); sister, Leann Mears; granddaughters, Nicolette and Shelby Ricker; Kaylee and Abby Walberg; niece, Amber; nephews, Matt and Travis; special friends, Rip and Patti; and many other relatives and friends.
Rick was preceded in death by his dad Farnum Heintz; dad Luke Giessinger; sister-in-law Nancy Heintz.