Rodney Dale Heilig


DeWITT, Iowa — Rodney Dale Heilig, 64, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Rodney was born Dec. 30, 1952, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Marvin “Mike” and Eva (Edleman) Heilig. He graduated from Lost Nation High School, attended Scott Community College, and graduated from Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Among other occupations, Rodney served as a Deputy for the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, retired as Sergeant of the DeWitt Police Department, and was an EMT at Genesis-DeWitt. He was previously married to Christine Minor, the mother of his two children. Rodney married Merlene Jackson on Sept. 7, 1996, at Olde St. Ann’s Church, Scott County Park.

Rodney was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Calamus, Iowa, and the Iowa State National Police Association. He enjoyed NASCAR (Ford Power!), fishing, traveling, gardening, driving trucks, working on vehicles, and spending time with his family, friends, and dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Merlene; children, Matthew (Samantha) Heilig of Long Grove, Rachel (Shea) Smith of Bennett; grandchildren, Avery and Ashton Heilig, and Harper Smith; his mother, Eva Heilig of DeWitt; brothers, Ronald (Lana) and Roger (Carol); a sister, Robin (Doug) Hansen; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in the funeral home. Interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Rodney D. Heilig Memorial Fund, to place a monument in the community he served.

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Homes. Condolences may be expressed and a photo tribute viewed at

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