James Dale Heard, 75 of Edgerton, MN died on October 19, 2021 at Edgebrook Care Center in Edgerton, MN.
Jim was born on December 6, 1945. He was the first born of Roy and Bernice (Jasper) Heard. He was raised on a farm and learned hard work driving tractor and trucks at an early age.
He attended Country School in Ruthton where he played football. He attended High School in Pipestone, MN. He served in the National Guard from 1963-1967.
He married Sara Oldemeyer on November 13, 1965. He and Sara lived in California for a few years where he was a trucker. There they had 3 children. Tammy, Jim, and Jason. They decided to return to Minnesota to raise their family. They resided in Pipestone until Jim had a serious accident on their acreage. He recovered and went to school for accounting. He had his own tax business in Edgerton for over 30 years. He also sold real estate and insurance. When he wasn’t busy with taxes, he enjoyed helping his brother-in-law, John on the farm. He also enjoyed driving road grader for Hulstein Excavating for many years. Before illnesses caused him to slow down, he was an avid fisherman enjoying trips to the Missouri River and Canada. He also spent years deer hunting with his children and grandchildren. He loved to motorcycle and camp. He enjoyed going to Arizona for a couple of winter pulling the camper.
He was a member of 1st Reformed Church where he served as a deacon, elder and did the books for many years. Jim and Sara then became members of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Edgerton. Jim enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities and was always looking forward to seeing his great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Sara of Edgerton. His daughter Tammy (Randy) Bolt, Jim, and Jason (Kelly) Heard. And his grandchildren, Jason and Evan Bolt, Jake Heard, Kori Rodewald, Alex, Isaac (Alecia), and Madison Heard. And his great grandchildren, AJ, Jett, and Noah. His siblings Mary (Gary) Vander Top, Nancy (Randy) Janssen, Dan (Connie) Heard, sister- in-law Kathy Heard. His in-laws John (Judy) Oldemeyer, Deb (Rick) Axelson, and Rae (Randi) Vermeal. And many nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts and uncles. And his loving dog Harley.
He is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Bernice, brothers Jerry and Larry, niece Leslie Weidenbacher, nephew Brian Van Nieuwenhuyzen, his in-laws David and Elizabeth Oldemeyer, sister-in-law Nancy Oldemeyer, and great grandson, Charles John (CJ) Rodewald.