Richard "Dick" Raymond Heath

March 18, 1943October 24, 2020

Richard R. Heath died October 24, 2020 while at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. At Dick’s request, his body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dick was born March 18, 1943 in Knoxville, Iowa to Richard and Gertrude (Edwards) Heath. He was raised in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1960. Dick married his “first love”, Ann Marie McDaniel August 12, 1967 in Knoxville and made their home in Ankeny. The couple had two children, Brian Richard and Amanda Marie.

Dick worked many jobs, from the block plant in Knoxville to construction in Ankeny. He also served in the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Supply Squadron in Des Moines as a Fuel Specialist and was honorably discharged in 1970 at the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5). After many years in construction, he became a route driver for Interstate Batteries. Dick loved his job which allowed him to meet and talk with so many small automotive business all over central and southern Iowa. His job also allowed him to scour Iowa for parts for his “second love”, his 1966 Chevy Impala SS Convertible. In 1999, Dick and Ann moved to Palmer, Alaska to be near their kids and grandkids. Dick enjoyed driving his ATV on the trails near the Knick River and Eklutna Glacier and cruising the backroads in his Impala. The winters in Alaska began to lose their appeal, so Dick and Ann became snowbirds driving from Palmer, Alaska to Corona, California to be near his sister and his niece and nephews and their families. In 2018, Dick and Ann moved back to Ankeny along with the rest of their Alaska family.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sisters Sandra Isley of Corona, CA, Sharon (Don) East of Ames, IA, wife Ann, son Brian (Donna) Heath and Daughter Amanda (Brian) Swisher, grandchildren Katherine Heath, Mark Heath, Emma Swisher, and Noah Swisher, and great-grandchild Lauren.



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Todd Hubbard

November 10, 2020

Hi, Ann, Brian, and Amanda.

I just found out about Dick and wanted to send my condolences. You have chosen the exact picture that represents the Dick Heath I knew. He always had a smile and positive outlook in my experiences with him. You are all in my thoughts and I will let my mom know about Dick.

Todd Hubbard

John Ferin

November 1, 2020

Dear Heath family, I am so incredibly sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

-John Ferin

Val & Curt Edwards

October 28, 2020

Dick and Ann used to host some of the best family get togethers years ago and we had so much fun with them and all the family. We will always cherish those memories. Our sincere sympathies to Ann and the rest of the family as Dick will be missed by all of us. Curt & Val Edawrds

Maurice Wadle

October 28, 2020

Dick and I were in the same Knoxville High School Class (1960). As classmates we were not close, but I always remember how readily he smiled and always seemed friendly and upbeat. The last time I saw him was at a class reunion in Knoxville, a few years ago, after he and his spouse moved back to Iowa from Alaska. I want to extend my profound condolences to his family and other loved ones. I am so sorry for your loss. Moe Wadle of Coralville, Iowa

Jim Carmichael

October 27, 2020

Grew up down the street from Dick ,many fond memories Rest In Peace Brother

Cheri Jensen

October 26, 2020

My cousin, Dick Heath, was 6 when I was born in our house around the corner from his. His mother, Gertie, often helped my mother as she learned the tasks of motherhood. His sister, Sondra, babysat me. His sister, Sharon, was my friend and taught me to color inside the lines. Dick always had a smile, which widened tenfold when he was teasing his younger sister, Sharon. When I became a teenager, I was proud to tell my friends that the good-looking, handsome guy with the gorgeous smile, was my very own cousin. I am thankful that Darrel and I stopped to visit Dick and Ann this past year in their new home in Ankeny. Our hearts are with you all. With much love, Cheri, Darrel, and Denny.

Kelly Forsberg

October 26, 2020

Some people are lucky enough to have a very special person as part of their life. Mine was Uncle Dick ❤️ He was always there for myself and my brother when we were younger. I will miss him very much, hearing his corny jokes and seeing hisbig grin.
Condolences to my Aunt Ann, Brian, Donna, Amanda, Brian (Gus), Katie, Mark, Emma , Noah, and sweet little Lauren.
He will be missed by many!
All my love ❤️


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