Harold Heise, Augusta

Harold Heise

Heise, Harold David, retired District Conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture and Army Veteran of WWII, passed away August 21, 2017 at the age of 95. He was born in Osage County near Burlingame, Kansas on Nov. 19. 1921 to Edward and Georgianna Heise. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1949 after serving the in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Europe. Harold spent 38 years with the Soil Conservation Service and 23 of those years in Butler County where he was instrumental in the design and construction of the many watershed dams in Butler and adjacent counties. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a Major. Harold was a devout Catholic and a member of St. John’s Parish in El Dorado, Kansas.

Harold was united in marriage to Theresa Navinskey on August 6, 1949 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, Kansas. They spent 65 years together until her passing. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Georgianna, his wife Theresa and son Ronn Heise and his wife Paula. Harold is survived by son Rick (Jane) Heise of Augusta, KS and their children John (Ann) and Dan (Alleah) of Wichita, KS; Ronn’s children Ashley (Dan) DeGrush of Denver, CO; Brad (Dani) Heise of Manhattan, KS and Alexis Heise of Kansas City, MO along with five great grandchildren and brother Dr. Richard (Catherine) Heise of Albuquerque, NM.

Friends may gather with the family on Thursday, August 24 from 6-8pm at the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. A Rosary will be said on Friday, August 25 at 10:30am at St. John’s Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be led by Fr. Brian Bebak at 11am. Harold will be laid to rest at Ascension Cemetery in Wichita. Memorial masses may be directed to St. John’s Catholic Church. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Harold at

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