Howard C. Heaton
  • Born on: November 23, 1924
  • Departed on: August 19, 2021
  • Resided in: Perry, IA

Howard C. Heaton

Howard C. Heaton, 96, died August 19, 2021, at the Eden Acres campus of the Perry Lutheran Homes, Perry, Iowa.

Heaton retired as a foreman from the Oscar Mayer pork processing plant after serving a number of years.  Previously he sold farm equipment to farmers throughout Midwest Iowa and was a farmer for 13 years.

He was born in Elberon, Iowa on November 23, 1924, he was a native Iowan and served in World War II with the 194th Glider Infantry.  He completed basic training at Fort Blanking, FL, and Fort Benning, GA. Heaton flew behind enemy lines after D-Day and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He helped take Gestapo headquarters in Hamburg and ended his service in Berlin after Hitler died in January of 1946. He marched down Broadway at the end of the war and left the service with two Overseas Service Bars, a European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Battle stars and Bronze Arrowhead, Good Conduct medal and World War II Victory Medal.

A graduate of Vinton High School, Heaton graduated and married Darlene Marie Wilson of Vinton in May 1944.

Active in the church throughout his life, he was a member of the United Methodist Church in Perry, Iowa.

Heaton is preceded in death by his father. Donald, and his mother, Faye, and two infant sons. 

He is survived by his wife, Darlene; a son, Gary Howard Heaton of Havelock, NC; a daughter, Marcia Marie Uhlman of Arlington, Texas: four grandchildren, Margeaux Ljungberg of Juneau, Alaska; Meredith Bruhn of Havelock, NC; Andrew Heaton of Havelock, NC; and Luke Uhlman of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Phyllis Davis of Vinton, IA; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Private services are at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 24 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter, Iowa (I-80, Exit 113 South). A memorial service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. August 24 at Perry United Methodist Church, 1100 Third Street, Perry, Iowa 50220. Reception to follow.

Memorials can be directed to to St Croix Hospice.  Contact Toni Hammond at or Kyle Valois
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