In Memory Of
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Benedict Patrick Heideman
03/08/1939 - 11/08/2021
Benedict “Ben” Heideman, 82, of Corning, Kansas died on Monday, November 8, 2021, at Country Place Living in Seneca, due to complications of Covid-19.
Ben was born on March 8, 1939 to Henry F. and Catherine C. Heideman in Baileyville, Kansas. Ben attended Sacred Heart Grade School until the family moved to the Corning community; when he attended St Bede’s and graduated from the 8th grade, and in 1957 he graduated from Corning High School.
Ben served in the Kansas National Guard from May 1, 1960 until he was discharged in March 29, 1966; he served six months of active duty. Ben and his brother, Ray, were farming partners on the family farm; and on weekends he was helped by his brother, Charlie on the family farm. Ben was a farmer and a stockman; he also had a dairy operation, he simply loved the farm life. Ben enjoyed bowling, playing cards, visiting with family and watching local youth athletics, KSU, the Royals and the Chiefs.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning, the St. Patrick’s Cemetery Committee and St. Patrick’s Church Council (serving as a past president). He was a life time member of the Seneca Knights of Columbus Council 1769, where he was active in many aspects to the organization, he called Bingo and served on the building committee for the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Sr. Karen Heideman O.S.B and Virginia Runnebaum; brothers, Charlie, Tony, Jerry and Ray; and brothers-in-law, Vern Runnebaum, Buck Reed and Charles Gress.
He is survived by his brothers, Bob (Eleanor) Heideman of Seneca and Gene (Marilyn) Heideman of Topeka; his sisters, Ann Gress of Seneca, Carolyn (Jerry) Osterhaus of Seneca and Rita Reed of Topeka;
sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Heideman of Corning and Alice Heideman of Seneca; nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 P.M. on Wednesday, November 10th at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning, with burial in the church cemetery.
Memorials are for St. Patrick’s Church and/or NCTC in Seneca, sent in care of the family.
(I originally posted this on Facebook but would like to share it here as well.)
Rest in peace, Ben Heideman
Some of my earliest memories are when my bachelor uncles Ben, Charlie and Ray Heideman would come for a visit. I remember walking around our farm in Kansas with them when I was six or seven proudly showing them our pigs and calves and cows and our garden. I remember lots of laughter whenever they were around.
One of the wonderful things about family is that they are always there – at first communions & confirmations, at family reunions, at graduations & weddings and later at funerals. I remember Ben, Charlie and Ray at many of these events in my family. They would always make a point to ask me about my life or compliment me on some achievement.
Ray passed away in 2013 just a couple months after my dad died. Charlie died almost a year ago.
I was happy when I heard that Ben had moved into the same assisted living center where my mom lives several months ago. I got to see and visit with him last summer during my last visit to see mom.
I had made plans to visit my mom again this week but had to cancel them at the last minute when there was a Covid outbreak at her assisted living center. While still dangerous, with the vaccine, this is not as catastrophic as it would’ve been a year ago.
However, sadly, Ben got Covid and died a couple days later. I am honored that my mom and her surviving siblings have asked me to be one of Ben’s pallbearers at his funeral on Thursday.
We are so sad to learn of Ben’s passing. He was so kind to my folks, Eugene and Lois Visser, while Mom stayed at Country Place. We were so touched by the residents at Country Place, how they prayed for my Mom while she was in the hospital. She passed away on Oct. 20th. We were all so grateful for Ben and Ann’s kindness to our family. May you rest in peace, Ben, and we will pray for God’s peace and comfort to carry the famiy through the days ahead.
I am sorry to hear of Ben’s death. I pray for all the Heideman family
as you have lost many loved ones recently. I pray for Ben’s eternal
peace and that all of you will know God comfort and healing.
We will offer a Mass for Ben here at the Mount in December.
May he rest in peace. God bless you.
S. Mary Agnes Patterson, OSB
Mount St. Scholastica