Russell L. Heindselman

Born: Mon., Jul. 9, 1928
Died: Mon., Aug. 8, 2016

Memorial Service

10:00 AM Sat., Aug. 13, 2016
Location: Culver Stockton College Alexander Campbell Auditorium

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   Russell Leon Heindselman of LaGrange, Missouri, died Monday evening August 8, 2016, as the result of an ATV accident on his farm.  

   Mr. Heindselman was born in rural Monticello, Missouri on July 9, 1928, a son of the late Orville Pierce and Edith Mae Smith Heindselman.  He was a 1945 graduate of Monticello High School and attended Culver Stockton College.  On October 30, 1955, he married Phyllis Jeanne Keller, the daughter of Matthew and Dorothy Lucille Keller of Quincy at Central Baptist Church in Quincy, IL.

   After his marriage he then went to work for Gardner-Denver Foundry in LaGrange.  During that time, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean Conflict.  Russell did his basic training at Ft. Bliss in Texas and was stationed on the east coast.  After being discharged from service he again returned to work at Gardner-Denver Foundry in LaGrange.  Mr. Heindselman retired from Gardner-Denver Foundry in LaGrange in 1990 after 38 years of service.

   He was a member of the LaGrange Lions Club and a 50 year member and Past Master of the Canton Masonic Lodge No. 257.  Russell was a member and had served as a trustee of the LaGrange First Baptist Church.  He also was a member of the Missouri Bluebird Society and was a prolific writer and poet; writing under the nickname "Missouri Hillbilly Poet".  He was devoted to community service, providing various unique items for local benefit auctions.  Russell was an avid conservationist, and hunting and fishing with his grandchildren were his passions in life.  He was the founder of Valley Place Worm and Fish Farm, and his farm hosted summertime "fish days" where fish for stocking ponds were sold.  His farm has been the place local fishermen have purchased bait for many years.

   In most recent years he enjoyed gardening and was well known for his participation in the Farmer's Market in Quincy.  There was never a dull moment in Russell's life as he loved to invent and tinker.  He was a regular attendee of the senior dances in the area, was also a Science Fair judge for high school science fair competitions held at Culver-Stockton College, and was a great advocate for outdoor sports and enjoyed teaching youngsters how to build bluebird boxes.  Russell enjoyed the fun in fishing and the fulfillment one could find in the beauty of the earth.

   Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; and their children, Gregory Allen Heindselman (Melinda) of LaGrange, Kelly Jeanne Fast (Roger) of Platte City, MO, and Matthew Pierce Heindselman (Dayna) of Washington, MO.  They have six grandchildren, Kory and Ian Fast (Kelly), Michael and Zachary Heindselman (Greg), and Sheridan and Emma Heindselman (Matt), a step-grandchild, Tylor Kersten (Matt); and a great-grandchild, Simon Fast (Kory).   He is also survived by a sister, Sue VanMeter (Ronald), of Garland, Texas; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  

   He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; and an infant brother, Joseph.

   A memorial service will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 at the Culver Stockton College Alexander Campbell Auditorium with the Rev. Dean Collings officiating.

   Immediately following the memorial service a gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of Russell will be held at the Caldwell Building in Canton, MO (2 miles West of Canton on Highway 16).  

   Memorials may be made to LaGrange Lions Club, The LaGrange First Baptist Church and Missouri Bluebird Society.

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Patricia White/Clinton
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016

Mary & David Dodd
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016
Phyllis, so sorry to hear the news of Russell. What a guy! Our son had just sent me an attachment of a flyer he saw about fishing at your place and recalled the fun times when we brought our kids to fish over there. I will get in touch with you later as I likely won't be able to make the service.

Glenn Sanders
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016
On behalf of all of the members of the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermens Association we would like to extend our sympathy to the family of Russ. He will be missed and always livened up the meetings with his wit and "latest mission".

Joe & Linda College
   Posted Wed August 10, 2016
We are so terribly sorry to hear of Russell's passing. He was such an inspiration to so many people. The first fish Amber caught was in one of Russell's ponds on her first grade school picnic. He did so much to promote fishing among the young people. We have two of his blue bird houses. We enjoyed his poetry. He lived such a full life; I know you have so many good memories.

Darlene (Greenlee) Royalty
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Dear Phyllis and family,
The Darrell & Rosina Greenlee family send their deepest sympathy to you. Mom and Dad spoke often of their time in LaGrange and it always included you guys.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Frances Ann (Ludwog) Spratt
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
So sorry to hear of your loss. Russell was a great neighbor and friend he will be missed by many.

Debra Conway
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Dear Heindselman Family, I am so sorry to hear of Russell's passing. We have such fond memories of visiting you all in the summer time and at the Garnett farm. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Debra (Garnett) Conway

Peggy and Larry Johnson
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Sorry to hear the news. He lived a full and rewarding life and his family.

   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Greg, Melinda, Mike, and Zach:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. If there is anything I can do or help with, please let me know!

   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Matt, I just read the obituary. Your father was an amazing man, and I would have been honored to meet him. I could tell when you spoke of him, that he helped define who you are, and I could see your pride. I want to thank you for his service to his country and community. He did his job and raised a good son. I guarantee you he was very proud of what you have become... While looking at his picture, I can definitely tell why you are so ornery.

Richard and Barbara Gott
   Posted Thu August 11, 2016
Dear Phyllis,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Richard and I are devastated to hear of your loss. We adored Russ and his zest and energy for life. We will miss him for his joy, kindness, wisdom, never ending energy. Barbara and Richard Gott

John Frame
   Posted Fri August 12, 2016
Greg, Matt and all the Heindselman family I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you. Russel was a unique man and he will be missed. John and Candy Frame

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