Funeral services for Andrew Heller age 92 of Wisner, NE will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wisner, NE with Pastor Jared Hartman officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, rural Beemer, NE. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wisner and will continue on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Minnick Funeral Home in Wisner is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Andy passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Franciscan Healthcare in West Point, NE.
Relatives and friends are encouraged to wear masks at the church. The funeral service will live streamed on the Minnick Funeral Service Facebook page at www.facebook.com/minnickfuneralserviceinc .
Andrew (Willie) George Heller, 92, was born August, 7, 1928 to Henry and Anna (Daberkow) Heller. He was baptized August 26, 1928 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beeemer, Nebraska and was confirmed on March 29th, 1942 by Pastor E.L. Borgemeyer.
He attended St. John's Parochial School in rural Beemer. He graduated from Wisner High School in 1946. He started farming at a young age due to the early death of his Father. The farming legacy continued through his life with his brother Hank Heller and the Heller Farming Group. He took extra pride, for many years raising sheep, hogs and cattle. He loved farming the land and never quit as he worked along family and neighbors until he retired at the age of 90 years young.
He met the love of his life, Lillian Schlecht, and they were married on August 14, 1949 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wisner, by Pastor O.E. Schlecht. To this union, of 71 plus years, 6 children were born: Colleen Kloth, Jolleen Wartig, Douglas Heller, Kathy Johnson, Thomas Heller, and an infant daughter Tami Heller.
Andy loved spending time with his family, square dancing, card groups, shooting pool at the senior center and spending time with his dog Yogi.
In his younger days he played on the Heller Softball team and a lot of time was spent at the Roller Rink.
Andy spent a lot of time at Art Kersten's shop learning the trade of mechanics.
Working with hay and horses for his Uncle Hugo Heller (his second dad) was traded for airplane flying lessons.
He served on Schools District #9 school board, Zion St. John's School board, and was the President of the Farmer's Union Board. He was President of Cuming Products (hog production). he was also a member of the Cuming County Feeders and the Cuming County Pork Producers.
He held various church offices and was on the Wisner Senior Center Board.
He was a lifetime blood donor.
He is survived, by his wife of 71 years, Lillian.
Children- Colleen Kloth, West Point; Joey(Rod) Wartig, Wisner; Douglas (Lori) Heller, Beemer: Kathleen (Robbie) Johnson, Beemer: Thomas (Tammie) Heller, Syracuse; and sister Anna Mae Breitkreutz, Wisner.
26 Great grandchildren
8 step grandchildren
He was preceded in death by:
His parents Henry and Anna
Sister Henrietta Kruse
Brother and sister in law Henry and Darlene Heller
Brother in law Francis Breitkreutz
Son in law Ron Kloth
Grandson Adam Lee Heller
Daughter in infancy Tami Heller
Daughter in law Sandra Heller
Remember Andy by his contagious smile and a firm handshake. There was always love in Daddy's hands.
Memorials can be directed to the Wisner Senior Center, St. Pauls Lutheran Church, or the Orphan Grain Train.
In all due respect, we thank-you in advance.
Family and friends are invited for food and fellowship at the Wisner Auditorium.
Honorary pallbearers are the Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren