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February 20, 2019

Obituaries (11-8-18)

John Heitman, 70 

John Heitman, 70, of South Sioux City, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Waterbury Funeral Service of Sergeant Bluff. Online condolences can be sent to

John William Heitman was born April 17, 1948, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Don and Ella (Martsfeld) Heitman. He graduated from Central High School in 1966.

He served in the U. S. Air Force for four years. Three of those years were in Bitburg, Germany. While there, he purchased a new 1967 Mini Cooper. He and his service buddies put many miles on the car traveling throughout Europe.

On Oct. 6, 1979, he was united in marriage to Kathy Burcham of Waterbury, Nebraska. They met on a blind date.

He retired from Tyson (formerly IBP) in 2007. He was the Regional Equipment Manager for PBX.

John will be remembered as a man with a lot of friends, a big heart and always helping and doing for others. He was able to fix most everything. Unfortunately, there was no fix for his recent health issue of cancer.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kathy Heitman; sister, Judy (Rich) Enockson; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and many very dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and parents-in-law, Earl and Margaret Burcham.

A special thanks to friend, Jan Hewitt, for being with John and Kathy every step of the way on this seven-month journey. Jan is our hero.

Margaret Dirks, 61

Margaret R. “Maggie” Dirks, 61, of South Sioux City passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at a local hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 at Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City. Visitation with the family present will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Maggie was born on April 19, 1957 in Wakefield, the daughter of Henry and Goldie (Novak) Voss. She graduated from Emerson-Hubbard High School in 1975 and attended Wayne State College. She married Randy Dirks on July 23, 1982, in Emerson and they were blessed with three children.

Survivors include two daughters, Jacque and her husband, Patrick Kelly of Brooklet, Georgia, Jimi and her husband, Brandon Byrnes of Statesboro, Georgia; a son, John Dirks of South Sioux City; five grandchildren, Caleb, Christopher, Anita, Claire, and Randilynn; siblings, Marlene (Rocky) Finley of Hemet, California, Milan (Carol) Voss, and Myron Voss all of Waterbury, Mardell (John) Heinemann of Hubbard, and Marcia (Charles) Carlson of Longmont, Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Dirks; and her parents, Henry and Goldie Voss.

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