Glenn Edward Heald

Glenn Edward Heald, 90, passed away on April 27, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones.

Glenn was born on January 9, 1929, in Mt. Sterling, Iowa, to Russell and Grace Heald. He was the fourth of four children. After high school, Glenn served in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952. He married his wife of 64 years, Margaret (Peggy) Simmons, on December 12, 1953, at the Bonaparte Presbyterian Church. In 1958, Glenn earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State College in Ames. The couple moved to the Chicago suburbs where Glenn began working as an engineer for International Harvester, and they began raising their family. They had three daughters and also one son, who died in infancy. In 1967, the family of five moved to Iowa, where Glenn worked as an engineer, designing construction equipment at the John Deere Dubuque Works. The family remained in Dubuque for 20 years. In 1986, Glenn retired from John Deere, and later that year began a new 20-year engineering career at Howard Price Turf Equipment in Chesterfield, Missouri. In 1987, after a short stay in a St. Louis suburb, Glenn and Margaret bought a farm in central Missouri and began an Angus breed cow/calf operation. Glenn continued commuting to Chesterfield, eventually retiring in 2005, to become a full-time farmer. Wherever Glenn lived, he was always an active part of the churches that he and Margaret attended, serving in a multitude of ways. He had a keen analytical mind, was an expert at fixing anything mechanical, and was an outstanding and progressive cattle producer. His beloved farm shows his abilities in every detail. He was a caring, kind-hearted, generous husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and he is greatly missed.

Glenn is survived by daughters Laura (Patrick) Schwartz of New Vienna, Iowa, Jennifer (Michael) Gaumnitz of Lenexa, Kansas, and Annette (John) Walter of Auxvasse, Missouri; grandchildren Amanda Schwartz of Dyersville, Iowa, Phylicia (Thomas) Chandler of Ashland, Oregon, Zachary Schwartz of Eugene, Oregon, Grace (Andrew) Rebhorn of Madison, Wisconsin, and John (Emily) Gaumnitz of Overland Park, Kansas; a great-granddaughter Olivia Chandler of Ashland, Oregon; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; a son, Todd; his sisters Betty Warrington and Beverly Blair; his brother Arthur Luvene Heald; and his parents.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Bonaparte, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated to the Bonaparte Cemetery Association Inc. (c/o Charla Warner), P.O. Box 37, Bonaparte, Iowa 52620-0037 or to the National Kidney Foundation (

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  1. Andy Nichols on May 1, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Annette, soory for your loss. Although I didn’t know your family, I can only say what a great man he must have been since I see him through you. How he raised his children. I can see his influence. I’m also certain your mom was the same in her influences on you and your siblings.
    Condolences to you and your family
    Andy and Susan Nichols

  2. Sharon & Curt Doebelin on May 2, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the family. We are happy to know that he and Peggy are together again. We always enjoyed spending time with them in events @ OANM. Thank You to the family for sharing them with us.

  3. Dan and Kathleen Tucker on May 2, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
    Glenn was a wonderful, gracious man. We will miss both Glenn and Peg, but we know they are reunited in heaven. Prays and hugs to all the Heald family.

  4. Wayne & Barbara Collins on May 2, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Glen, Peg, and you girls were/are great friends to us, here in Dubuque.
    We had the double pleasure of knowing Glen at church and at JD. Always admired their willingness to take up the farming of Angus cattle.
    I will be placing a copy of this obituary in the archives at 1st Cong. DBQ.

  5. Jody Atterberry on May 2, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    He was a great man he will be missed prayers sorry for your loss Annette and family

  6. Reinhold J Nelissen on May 3, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Our sincere sympathy. Jennifer and Annette, we fondly remember your parents and you as our past neighbors at Richards Rd, in Dubuque as well as staying with our girls and their cousins from Germany.
    May you find comfort in how well your father was respected and appreciated in all what he did. We keep all of you in our prayers.

    Wilma and Reinhold Nelissen

  7. Jim and Sandy Regan on May 3, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Jim and Sandy Regan
    My condolences to the entire Heald Family in your loss of an outstanding man. I worked in the Engineering Test and Product Support Devisiion of Deere in Dubuque and thus had many pleasant discussions with Glenn on how we could make our products better. Glenn was a great individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Heald Family during this trying time. May he rest in peace

  8. Schwartz on May 4, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Your father was obviously an amazing man. I’m sure you were constantly in awe of his skills and vitality. If possible he will probably start another “project” in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, may you celebrate his life and the many years you had with him. Peace and hope. Joy Schwartz

  9. Jill Herrera on May 6, 2019 at 12:07 am

    My dearest cousins,
    I am heartbroken. Uncle Glenn was my “fave” uncle. I have sooo many sweet memories of staying at your house( I loved that old house!), & your dad being funny, kind, & tolerable of mine & Annette’s shenanigans! Love and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.
    Love you- Jill

  10. Mary Miles on May 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Know how hard it is to lose your parent (and both so close together). You can be comforted knowing they are in heaven and back together again. Don’t know at this time if we’ll be able to make it to Bonaparte on May 26th but will if we can. Mary Jane (Warner) Miles

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