Charles F Heaberlin

Born: Thu., Oct. 1, 1925
Died: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 27, 2017
Location: Woodland Hills Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Dec. 28, 2017
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran

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Charles Heaberlin, age 92, Mankato, died unexpectedly Thursday, December 21, 2017 at his home. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Rev. Jay Dahlvang officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour before services at the church. Interment with military funeral honors will be in Woodland Hills Memorial Park.

Chuck was born October 1, 1925 to Edith (Lindgren) and George Heaberlin in Minneapolis.  Chuck married Lorene Smith on September 10, 1949 at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church in St. Paul. They were married 62 years. He had 23 jobs before he decided to work for himself.   Together he and Lorene owned and operated former Team Electronics stores in Mankato and Owatonna.  Chuck retired at 2:15pm on September 15, 1988 and adjusted to retirement by 2:25pm.  He served in WWII from 1943-1946 in the United States Army Air Corp Air Transport Command in the Pacific in New Guinea, Biak, and Guam.  One of the highlight’s of Chuck’s life was his Honor Flight trip in 2011 to see the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.  Chuck was a member of Mankato Downtown Kiwanis for over 50 years.  Chuck had many interests in life including: traveling, cooking, and raising perfect tomatoes.  He waterskied until he was 73 and sailed until he was 80.  He was still an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran, the Bullshippers, card club, Lifelong Learners, and VINE.

He is survived by five daughters, Terry Halter of McLean, VA, Gail Heaberlin-Giersdorf of North Mankato, Nancy Heaberlin of Bozeman, MT, Sandi (Ross) Lubrant of Robbinsdale, MN and Michele (Larry) Nydegger of Ellendale, MN; eight grandchildren, Hannah and Asher Giersdorf, Kelly Heaberlin, Ryan Hixson, Courtney Lubrant and Whitney (Cory) Hunter, Daniel and Evelyn Nydegger; great granddaughter, Harper Hunter; and many nieces and nephews.    

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene, parents, son, George, son-in-law, Dave Giersdorf; brother, Howie Heaberlin; sisters, Helen Lofroth and Joan Sunde; sister in-law, Marge Heaberlin; brother- and sister-in-law, Leo and Ann Crisman; and niece Patty Dandl.

Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran, Kiwanis – Camp Patterson, or ACT on Alzheimer’s c/o Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging.  

We echo Evelyn “My grandpa is, to me, an extraordinary man.”  We hit the jackpot when we got him.

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Jackie Broz
   Posted Wed December 27, 2017
I want to tell you, how sad this Christmas was hearing the new that your Dad has passed away. He lived a long and happy life, but is now in the arms of the Lord and his wife. Take care of your family, enjoy talking about all the happy times you had with you Dad, and I will see you back bowling early next year. Love, Jackie Broz

Jolinda Grabianowski
   Posted Thu December 28, 2017
My latest memory of Chuck was this past summer when I was running on the Red Jacket Trail, I saw Chuck. I slowed my pace to walk with Chuck as he shared he was feeling sub par. As we walked he shared how different life was without his wife. I walked with him and talked until we got to his car and he said he would be fine. He loved his wife dearly. He was a great man with great stories that he shared often at Kiwanis meetings.
He will be missed. Prayers to your family.
Jolinda Grabianowski

Mike Pulis
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Heaberlin Family,

I was one of the Flight Guardians for Chuck's WWII Honor Flight to visit his memorial in Washington DC.

Chuck was on my Team for the flight and we all got to know him and his service to our country. It was a pleasure to have him along.

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