Carl Heginger, Jr, 79, Klemme, died Aug. 10, 2019 at the Good Shepherd Care Facility in Mason City. Services were held August 15 at Immanuel Reformed UCC in Klemme. Burial was in the Ell Township Cemetery, Klemme.
Carl was born Aug. 30, 1939 on the family farm southeast of Klemme, one of 11 children of Carl, Sr. and Etta (Harms) Heginger He attended country school through the 8th grade before going to work to help support his family.
Carl was employed for a number of years at the Nebraska Food packaging plant, followed by 32 years at Winnebago Industries in Forest City.
Carl met his future wife and life partner, Darlene Gelder, when she was a waitress at the Tip Top Cafe. They married on June 8, 1962 at the Christian Reformed Church in Britt. They made their home in Klemme where they were blessed with children Allan, Barbara, Carla, Dawn, Emily and Fay
Carl was a family centered man. He loved times spent with Darlene and relished being in the presence of his grand and great grandkids, both biological and the many he and Darlene "adopted" into the family at the "Heginger Hotel". Carl and Darlene enjoyed traveling, and had visited Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming, Las Vegas, the Atlantic Ocean, the Grand Ole Opry, Tulip Festival and Cranberry Fest. Carl was always up for the next adventure. In the last few weeks he was able to attend the bus races at the Hancock County Fair, go fishing at Clear Lake, and make an outing to Big Blue in Mason City. His family created many wonderful memories for him to carry forward on his journey to everlasting life and for each of them and Darlene to reflect upon as they explore the next chapters of their lives without him. He will definitely be their guardian angel.
Carl's past times included attending Gelder family reunions, an occasional trip to a casino, teaching his family to fish, raising a garden, tinkering, and teaching his children and grandkids how things work and how to fix them. He loved to cruise and on his Harley Sportster. Both he and Darlene enjoyed music and listening to their favorite radio station, which was on nearly 24/7. They loved to dance and be with family and friends. Carl enjoyed watching WWE, Lawrence Welk, old westerns, Wheel of Fortune, Mama's Family, Andy Griffith and MASH. Carl and Darlene were a team for many years as the building and grounds team at Immanuel Reformed, where they also served as ushers.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Carl will recall his bountiful love for Darlene, his children and their families, his love for his siblings, and enjoyment of friends. All will reflect upon his respect for others, his great wit and humor, for being a bit of a jokester, for his warm laughter and friendly demeanor. Carl had a passion for all life had to offer, and he lived it until the end.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Duane, Bill, Lyle and LuVerne; sisters Edna VanGerpen, Lois Ward and Zelda Scott; granddaughters Alyssa Heginger and Neriah Bogan; daughter-in-law Shawna Heginger; sister-in-laws Minda and Liz Heginger; and brothers-in-law Jerry Scott, Echo Reysack and Roger Ward.
Carl is survived by his wife Darlene Heginger of the Good Shepherd Care Center; son Allan (Donna) Heginger of Mason City; daughters Barbara (Charlie) Bogan of Goodell, Carla (Michael) Liska of Duncan, Dawn (Devery) Perkins of Britt, Emily (Edward) Dallman of Britt, and Fay (Travis) McChesney of Mason City; his grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister Sharon Reysack of Clear Lake; and brothers Tony Heginger and Rick (Geor-gena) Heginger of Klemme.