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Christian Heintz

Jun 26, 2021

June 28, 1935-June 21, 2021

Christian “Christ”

Heintz, 85, peacefully

transitioned into eternal

life on Monday, June 21,

2021, in the care of his

loved ones and hospice at

his home in Rugby.

Christ, the son of

Ludwig and Christina

(Keller) Heintz was born

on June 28, 1935, in the

Blumenfeld, McHenry

County home of his

parents. He graduated

from Drake High School,

the class of 1954. He was

inducted into the U.S.

Army on Dec. 9, 1954,

and was stationed in

Munich, Germany. Christ

was honorably discharged

on Nov. 17, 1956. Follow-

ing his discharge, he start-

ed working at Gronvold

Motor Co. (Rugby Motors)

where he was Parts

Manager for 38 years. On

January 10, 1962, Christ

was united in marriage to

Judy Axtman at Our Lady

of Mount Carmel Catholic

Church in Balta. The cou-

ple made their home and

raised their family in Rug-


Christ was a lifetime

member of the Knights of

Columbus 3rd and 4th de-

gree, an Honorary Life

member of the American

Legion where he was ac-

tive in the Clarence Lar-

son Post #23, Rugby, hav-

ing served as Commander

for 2 terms and was a

former Vice Commander

and Commander of the

3rd District. For 45 years,

he was a member of the

Post’s Honor and Color

Guard, providing honors

for over 300 Veteran’s

funerals. A highlight for

Christ was being part of

the Veterans Honor Flight

to Washington, D.C., in

2018. He was a life

member of the Rugby

Volunteer Fire Depart-

ment and a six-year

veteran of the Rugby City


After his retirement,

Christ started driving

buses for Hartley’s School

Buses. He especially en-

joyed his bus trips to New

Orleans, LA, and Atlanta,

as well as a four-day golf

trip with Bobby Knight

(Hall of Fame basketball

coach) and 16 members of

ESPN. Christ loved sports.

He played softball until

the age of 50 and bowled

in a league for 39 years.

He bowled in the 1st

Bowl-a-Thon at the North

Hill Bowl in Minot, bowl-

ing 100 games and finish-

ing 10th place. Nothing

made him happier than

watching his children and

grandchildren play sports!

He attended many foot-

ball, basketball, baseball,

softball, and soccer games

as well as swim meets. If

you were ever wondering

where he was, you would

have found him at one of

those events or watching

sports on TV. He also en-

joyed playing cards, fish-

ing and was an avid


He will be sadly missed

by: his wife, Judy “My

Judy” of Rugby; a son,

Terry (Kristina) of Maple

Grove, MN daughters,

Tammy (Mitch) Jobe of

Fergus Falls, MN, Brenda

(Claude) Mears of West

Fargo, Peggy (Doug) Park-

er of Boca Raton, FL and

Michelle (Mike) Muffen-

bier of Victoria, MN; 13

grandchildren; his si-

blings, Martin Heintz of

Rugby and Theresa

Streifel of Great Falls, MT;

nieces, nephews, other re-

latives and friends.

He was preceded in

death by: his parents; 3

brothers, John, Joe &

Tony; 3 sisters, Rose Mar-

tin, Betty Volk, and Mar-

jorie Bennett.

A special thanks to all

friends and neighbors

who have been such an

incredible support to

Christ, especially in the

past two difficult years,

notably Jim Hoffert, Mark

Voeller and Randy Malo.

As an expression of sym-

pathy, memorials in his

memory may be directed

to the Heart of America

Hospice, 800 S. Main

Ave., Rugby, ND 58368.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al will be held at 10:30

a.m. Saturday, June 26 at

Little Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial on Monday, June

28 at 2 p.m. in the North

Dakota Veterans

Cemetery, Mandan. Fa-

ther Tom Graner, Cele-

brant and Father Franklin

Miller, Concelebrant.

The funeral will be

livestreamed and to view

the livestream please click

on the link under his obi-

tuary on our website



Organist: Glenda Mack

Vocal leader/Cantor:

Jacinta Schmaltz

Eulogists: Nathan Jobe,

Peggy Parker, Brenda

Mears, and Kyleigh Mears

The Casket Bearers:

Kristopher Jobe, Nathan

Jobe, Josh Mears, Jared

Mears, Ethan Parker &

Grant Muffenbier

Honorary Bearers:

Kyleigh Rygg, Shayleigh

Mears, Amelia Parker,

Madelyn Parker, Ali Muf-

fenbier, Bailey Muffenbier

and Anna Heintz

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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