Theodore Heidgerken


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Theodore “Ted” J. Heidgerken, 85, a resident of Davenport, formerly of Blue Grass, will be 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport.

Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where the family invites you to join them in a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Ted died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at his son’s home.       

Theodore John Heidgerken was born Oct. 25, 1924 in Davenport, the son of Claude B. and Marguerite (Schebler) Heidgerken. He was united in marriage to Olive L. Reck on Aug. 21, 1948 in Davenport. She preceded him in death on May 31, 2007.  Ted proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the 11th Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge.

Ted had worked as an auto mechanic with Strieter Motor Co. for over 26 years. He was also co-owner, with his wife, Olive, of Ollie’s Ceramics in Blue Grass, Iowa for over 27 years. Ted loved the outdoors, especially canoeing and camping.     


Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans. 

Survivors include his children and their spouses; daughters, Tedi Heidgerken, Australia, Kitty (Loren) Stender, Eldridge; sons, Christopher (Bev) Heidgerken, Davenport, Michael (Suzanne) Heidgerken, North Liberty, Iowa, Bernie (Deb) Heidgerken, Long Grove and Albert Heidgerken, Davenport; 20 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren and one on the way; a sister-in-law, Mardelle (Cal) Kitzman, Davenport; brothers-in-law, Bill (Mary Lou) Reck, Prescott, Ariz., and Jerry (Sarah) Reck, San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Mary Rose Smith, Eldridge; a stepsister, Shirley Fanning, Davenport and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ted was preceded in death by his wife, parents, two sisters, Claudine Belk and Marguerite Cambell, a brother, Gerard Heidgerken, stepmother, Helen Niemeyer, and two stepbrothers, Charles and Jerry Fanning.    

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Ted’s obituary at

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