Carl Heaton


Carl “Lee” Heaton, 74, of Oskaloosa, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City.

Lee was the son of Charles and Louise (Moffet) Heaton, born July 21, 1949. Lee graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1967 and spent much of his life in Oskaloosa. He married Diane Werner in 1969, and two children were born from that union. Lee married Kerry Mathew in 1978, and two children were born from that union; Lee and Kerry were married until Kerry’s passing in 2020.

Lee held several positions in his life, working at Fareway Grocery for several years before working with his father at the Heaton Service Center in Oskaloosa until its closing in 1993. Lee then went to work for Cunninghams, Arnold Motor Supply, and Carriker Ford. Always an avid car guy, Lee worked on classic cars in his shop.

Lee always enjoyed the outdoors and had many weekends camping at Lake Red Rock with his family. He was also a hobbyist woodworker, attending several craft shows throughout his life. Most of Lee’s children and grandchildren have furniture built by him. Lee enjoyed attending NASCAR events and sprint car races at Knoxville with his children and grandchildren.

Lee and Kerry moved to Rochester, Minnesota, in 2006. They stayed until 2017, when Lee and Kerry retired to spend their summers traveling and volunteering in Minnesota State Parks and the winters along the Gulf Coast.

Lee is survived by his family: a son, Steve Heaton, and his wife, Kendra, of Oskaloosa; a daughter, Cara Sage and her husband, Todd, of New Sharon; a son, CJ Heaton, and his wife, Jessica, of Omaha, Nebraska; a daughter, Katie Freeman and her husband, Ryan, of New Hope, Minnesota; his grandchildren: Amanda Heaton, Lake Heaton, Arick Sille, all of Oskaloosa, Alex (Andrea) Heaton of Sigourney, Mikayla (Bret) Adkins of New Sharon, Abby Heaton, Reed Heaton, Grant Heaton, all of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jesse Kilburg, Dax Freeman, and Hallie Freeman, all of New Hope, Minnesota; ten great-grandchildren; and a sister, Linda (Bill) Binns of Oskaloosa.

Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Kerry; a grandson, Jordan Lee Heaton; and his parents, Charles and Louise Heaton.

As was his wish, Lee’s body has been cremated, and his ashes will be privately scattered. A visitation will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Langkamp Funeral Chapel; the family will greet visitors from 4-6 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mahaska Health Foundation and directed to the Hospice Serenity House or to the Minnesota Parks and Trails.

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