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“So sorry to hear of Joe's passing . He was always a pleasure to be around.I am sure when he worked at the livestock auction he and my Dad...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Summerfield Hanny - IA

“Pam and family - I was very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. What a great guy! I have memories of your first years together - remember Pam and I...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Cathy Bonsall - Blair, NE

“I have had the pleasure of coming to know Joe over the last 5 months. He had a tremendous sense of humor and an energetic and joyful sparkle in his...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Aaron Wieland - Omaha, NE

“Dear Pam & the entire Heller Clan, I can't tell you how sad I was to hear of Joe's passing. Joe was loved by so many. And for those of us who moved...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Julie (Bolton) Thrasher - Cumming, IA

“Pam, Kathleen and family my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. Joe gave me a job many years ago, and I learned...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Stessman - Omaha, NE

“To the Heller family, Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. Joe was always so funny. I know that when Joe & Pam ran the Gold...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Katie (Assmann) Cruse - IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. Just wanted to let all of you know that we are thinking of you. Much Love, Randy...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Debbie & Randy Rau - Belleville, IL

“We're so sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of Joe. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Heller family. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Joe and Katie Hanigan - Dunlap, IA

“I grew up just down the road from the Heller's and spent a lot of time at their home. When I was there I was treated just like one of the family. ...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Diane Clark Cary - Forest Lake, MN

“I am sad to hear of Joe's passing...he was such a nice person. I will always remember how much he loved basketball and what a great bb player he...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Carolyn Kelley Juergens - OMAHA, NE

“Scott has lots of memories of their years at Woodbine. They had a lot of good times together. It was fun to give Joe his honorary diploma from...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Scott & Bev Ganzhorn - Woodbine, IA

“I suppose we had grown apart since our years out of school. I remember those days lke it was yesterday. He was a couple years ahead of me, but he...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Crane - Marshalltown, IA

“so sorry to hear about your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Will alway remember how wonderful it was to work for Joe at the Gold...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Gau - Omaha, NE

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! I have so many memories of Joe growing up but I think my favorite was a prank he pulled on my mom and I...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Suzanne Buffington - Ankeny, IA

“We are very sorry to hear of Joe PassingPrayers & Hugs. To every onePatty &. Tom. Niedermyer ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Patty & Tom Niedermyer - Magnolia, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Joe will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful person. Glenda ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Glenda Summerfield - Dunlap, IA

“Know that Jesus has prepared a special place for Joe in Heaven. John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Wally Murphy - omaha, NE - cousin

“Dunlap is Mary Jo's birthplace and remains very dear to us today. The Heller Family, led by Kathleen, make Dunlap the special place it is. Joe,and...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Randy and Mary Jo Mizer - CA

“So sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Assmann

“Pam and family,I'm so sorry for your loss. Joe was a good man and will be missed by so many. The city of Dunlap truly lost a great resident in him....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Veronica Nelson - Dunlap, IA


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Joseph John Heller was born on July 2, 1951, on a farm south of Dunlap, Iowa to Urban and Kathleen (Murphy) Heller. He graduated from Dunlap High School in 1969. Joe then attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa. On October 14, 1972, Joe married Pam Thiessen at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ashland, Nebraska. The couple lived in Dunlap their entire married life. Joe helped his dad farm, worked at the Dunlap Livestock Auction and at Dunlap Fertilizer. In January of 1980 Joe and Pam purchased the Gold Slipper in Dunlap. Joe also worked fulltime for the U.S. Post Office. They sold the Gold Slipper in April of 2002.

Joe was a member of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap. He never knew a stranger and loved visiting with people. Joe enjoyed telling stories, spending time with his family and grandkids. He also enjoyed golfing and going to the casino.

Joe died on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at his home at the age of 60 years, nine months, and 12 days.

Joe was preceded in death by his father in 1992 and sister, Charlotte Heller. He is survived by his wife, Pam Heller of Dunlap, Iowa; three daughters, Stacie and her husband Paul Schuyler II of Bellevue, Nebraska, Michelle and her husband Shade Jones of Elkhorn, Nebraska and Laura and her husband Justin Schaben of Omaha, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Emily, Shade II, Lil' Paul, Caily, Parker and Breck; his mother, Kathleen Heller of Dunlap, Iowa; four sisters, Rosemary Bleich of Belleville, Illinois, Rita \and her husband John Kellogg of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Patricia and her husband Ed Wilson of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Susan and her husband Terry Hall of Algona, Iowa; mother-in-law, Catherine Thiessen of Woodbine, Iowa and many other relatives and friends.