LONG GROVE — Don Charles Heggen, 74, of Long Grove passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, after suffering a heart attack. A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 29, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 14th and Brady, Davenport, with the Rev. Kwang-Seok Song officiating.
His family will greet friends 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Memorials may be made in Don’s name to the Figge Art Museum, St. John’s United Methodist Church or Living Lands and Waters (Chad Pregracke).
Don Heggen was born in 1941 in Harcourt, Iowa, the son of Elof and Inga Heggen. He was the youngest sibling of eight who loved being raised on a farm. He graduated from Harcourt High School in 1959. Don married Linda Manship on July 15, 1962, in Humboldt, Iowa. After serving in the Air Force, he received his bachelor of science degree in art education from Mankato State University. In 1971, he earned his master’s degree from Western Illinois University. Don taught in the Davenport Community Schools for 30 years, mostly at West High School. Throughout his teaching career, he taught as an adjunct professor at Marycrest University, St. Ambrose University and Drake University. He taught classes at the Davenport Museum of Art and the Figge Art Museum. He also enjoyed showing his watercolor paintings at art shows. He was recognized for many special art awards, which included the Iowa Art Educator of the Year and the Golden Apple Teacher Award.
After the death of his first wife, he was able to find joy again by marrying Jan Hartwig on Oct. 14, 2012.
Don enjoyed watercolor painting, fishing, golfing, reading, being actively engaged in land and water conservation projects benefiting birds and animals and telling jokes and stories that made people laugh. Don traveled to Florida each winter in his RV and enjoyed a trip to France in 2012. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed seeing his grandchildren in their school activities. He was also passionate about the arts and working with his students for all those years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jan Hartwig Heggen, Long Grove; daughter, Teresa Wolf, husband, Rob Wolf and their children, Kerstin and Dustin, Woodstock, Ill.; son, Chad Heggen, and fiancé, Lori Niichel, sons, Alec and Noah Heggen, Clear Lake, Iowa, Heath Hartwig, wife, Micki and their children, Shelby and Bailey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Kent Hartwig, wife, Megan, Des Moines; his siblings, Wilma Hair and Ilene Warner, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Betty Smith and Peggy Jackson, Des Moines, Richard Heggen, Ames, Iowa, and Virginia Tynan, Omaha, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and his older brother, Roy Heggen; and his first wife, Linda Heggen.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Heggen family by visiting Don’s obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.