ROCK VALLEY, IOWA- Leo G. Hevern, 64, of Rock Valley, died on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley, Iowa.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 27th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rock Valley with Father Bruce Lawler officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Rock Valley. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Hope Haven, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, or Camp Sunnyside.
Leo was born February 17, 1953 at Canton, South Dakota, the son of Boniface and Margaret (Van Vooren) Hevern. Leo enjoyed working every day at Parkview Industries doing a variety of jobs and sweeping floors at the Mid-American building.
Leo lived the 1st part of his life at home with his parents. Then he moved in with his sister Jane and her family, which he really enjoyed. From 1991 to present, Leo lived in several group homes with Hope Haven, making dear friends with some of the staff and residents.
Family and friends were most important to Leo. His infectious smile, determination, and faith were an inspiration to everyone he met. With his liberator, and a fully charged battery fed wheelchair, Leo was a free man, with the whole community looking out for him as he traveled around town. A joy in Leo’s life was his 45 years attending Camp Sunnyside, and participating in Special Olympics each year, being torch bearer earlier this year.
Leo is survived by his brothers, Lyle (his twin) of Estherville, Iowa, Terry of Sioux Center, Iowa and Larry of Inwood, Iowa; and his sisters, Sheila Driesen of Sioux Center, Iowa and Jane Schelling of Orange City, Iowa.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Boniface and Margaret Hevern; his brother, Dave; nephews, David Driesen and Jared Hevern; and a niece, Ashley Hevern.