Colleen Heese, 94, of Gillette, Wyo., passed away May 16, 2020, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette.
Colleen was born September 19, 1925, in Cody, Neb., the eldest of two daughters, to Colin and Joy Johnson. In 1929, the family moved to Tuthill, S.D., where Colleen graduated from high school, married, and lived until moving to Martin in 1981. In 2010, she moved to Gillette to be closer to family.
After graduating from high school in 1943, Colleen attended Van Sant School of Business in Omaha for one year, worked for a short time, then returned to work in her parent’s hardware and garage station. She married Norman Heese on September 27, 1946. Their eldest daughter, JoyAnn, was born in 1948 and Carla was born in 1952. Colleen helped Norman with many and varied projects, including their trucking business after the war, the farm they purchased in 1948 (sold in 1958), managing Markota Acres from 1973-1974, the drive-in they purchased and ran for a short time, and so much more. They were members of the Tuthill Community Presbyterian Church and enjoyed playing cards with neighbors, playing golf, meeting friends for coffee, and visiting friends and family in the motor home after retirement. Colleen was an active member of the Tuthill Extension Club and Order of the Eastern Star, Martin Chapter 171.
Colleen is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Claussen, Martin; daughters, JoyAnn Lynn, Gillette, and Carla DeKay, Ogallala; sons-in-law Frank Lynn and Wayne DeKay; five grandchildren, Katrina Lynn, Manhattan, Kan., Angela Clarke, Nacogdoches, Texas, Colin Lynn, Gillette, Dustin DeKay, Aurora, Colo., and Alexis DeKay, Greeley; and five great-grandchildren.
Colleen was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
A memorial service will be held in Gillette. Her memory will also be honored in Martin.
Interment will be at Martin Community Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to JoyAnn Lynn and family at 86 Moncreiffe Ridge Rd., Gillette, Wyo. 82716 or to Carla DeKay and family at 798 Rd West 120, Brule, Neb. 69127. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, Wyo. 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com