Hollis E. Heiden, 83, of Rushford, Minn., died on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the Good Shepherd

Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Hollis was born on July 13, 1933, in Money Creek Township to Elmer and Lavina (Todd) Heiden. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Hart, Minn.

Hollis attended Money Creek School and graduated from Houston High School. He served in the U.S. National Guard. Hollis lived all of his life in the tri-county area of Houston, Fillmore and Winona Counties.

On Feb. 5, 1955, he was united in marriage with Joanne Bjorge at Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford.

Hollis farmed for 15 years at various farms in Southeast Minnesota. He worked as an over the road truck driver for 30 years, covering 46 states, and worked at Rushford Foods in Rushford until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Mark

Lutheran Church in Rushford.

Hollis enjoyed golfing, fishing, watching game shows on TV and playing cards, especially euchre. 

His priorities were, Jesus first, then family, followed by a long list of life’s simple pleasures.

Hollis is survived by his wife, Joanne; five children: Rev.

Dennis (Sheila) Heiden of Mankato, Susan (Tom) Matter of

Farmington; Donald (Mary) Heiden of New Augusta, Miss., Sarah (Mike) Siebenaler of Rushford and Dean (Melissa) Heiden of Rushford; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Lorraine) Heiden of Rushford; and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be a funeral service for Hollis at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Rushford with the Rev. Dennis Heiden and the Rev. Harold Hintzman co-officiating. Burial will be in the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery in Rushford. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family prefers memorials to be directed to St. Mark Lutheran Church or to the donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Winona Health, Winona Area Hospice, St. Mark Lutheran Church and Pastor Hintzman and his family for all of their caring and support.

Leave a memory of Hollis and sign his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com