Darrel Heydt

Darrel Ralph Heydt, 66, Bismarck, went to heaven on March 19, 2013. His funeral service will be on Monday, March 25, 10:30 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck. Burial will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 24, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Bismarck Funeral Home, Bismarck, with a prayer service there at 7 p.m.

Darrel was born Dec. 14, 1946, in Harvey, to Fred and Emma (Mehl) Heydt. Darrel graduated from Drake High School in May 1964 and enlisted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals. After returning from war, he married the love of his life, Sonya “Sandy” Roe on Nov. 8, 1969.

Darrel worked for Coca-Cola for 37 years and while starting his retirement he worked part time at Lowes & Cross Country Courier. His passion was his family; he loved spending time with his grandchildren, Jessica, Parker, and Ruby, and was very proud of each of them. Darrel loved listening to Jessica sing like an angel, helping Parker make a winning pinewood derby car and watching Ruby practice her Tae Kwon Do pattern. Darrel loved his son-in-law, Jerry, and daughter-in-law, Tara, like his own children and they could get away with more than his own kids.

Darrel was a lifetime member of the American Legion. He was in a pool league for many years, he enjoyed family vacations and made sure everyone had a great time. He was very serious about playing cards and other games with friends, he had many other hobbies like woodworking, fishing, hunting, collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia, and loved driving his Corvette. He had a short but very full life, with many people who loved him dearly. He was a very proud man and had a special ability to make people laugh and giggle.

He is survived by: his wife, Sandy; his children, Steven (Tara) Heydt, and Diane (Jerry) Anderson; grandchildren, Jessica Anderson, Parker Heydt and Ruby Heydt; sister, Joyce (Bruce) Martwick, Balfour; and many special brothers-in law and sisters-in law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Emma Heydt, and father-in-law and mother in-law, Stanford Roe and Theresa Vetter, and brother-in law, Monte Roe.

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