Russ Heinzerling

December 17, 1963May 9, 2022
Obituary of Russ Heinzerling
Russ Heinzerling passed away peacefully on May 9th, 2022. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by the memorial service at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 14th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny, Iowa, officiated by Pastor Tim Olson. Russell Elmer Heinzerling was born on December 17th, 1963. He graduated from Lake Mills High School in 1982, NIACC in 1984 with his Accounting Associates, the University of Northern Iowa in 1986 with his Bachelor of Financial Management, and Drake University in 1996 with his MBA. On July 9th, 1988, Russ married the love of his life, Pam Thompson. They were blessed with two children, Austin Russell in 1994 and Marissa Marie in 1996. Russ started his professional career in banking for 6 years, taught many years part-time as an adjunct professor at DMACC and Drake University, and spent almost 29 years at Principal Financial Group. He was very good at what he did. In the midst of his successful ventures, he traveled frequently and enjoyed working closely with people. Russ was a people-person who would talk to anyone and everyone. He cared so much for others and would always go out of his way to be helpful. He is known for always making everyone smile. He surprised everyone with his adoration for his grand-puppy, Raven. Russ enjoyed camping, garage sale-ing, riding a motorcycle, and hunting, all of which meant spending time with his family and friends who he loved dearly. Anyone who knew Russ at all knew his wife and kids were his world. Russ left us far too soon. The family that remains to cherish his memory is his wife Pam of almost 34 years; two children: Austin (Landry) Heinzerling, and Marissa (Sawyer) Phillips; mother: Barbara Heinzerling; mother-in-law: Linda Peterson; five siblings: Sue (Jim) Quam, Vickie Heinzerling, Linda (Rick) DeFord, Elaine (Dan) Charlson, and John (Shannon) Heinzerling; brothers-in-law: Lance (Carol) Thompson, and Howard (Carrie) Peterson; nieces and nephews: Nathan Quam, Jennifer (Mead) Martens, Rachel (Daryl) Bailey, Alicia (Matt) Adcock, Kayla (Chris) Moon, Codi (Angel) Thompson, Hunter DeFord, Hannah Heinzerling, Rebecca DeFord, Lily Thompson, Erica Heinzerling, Tyler Heinzerling, and Halle Peterson; along with additional family. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Heinzerling; father-in-law, Harlan Peterson; and brother-in-law, Rod Thompson. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Dale Swift Philanthropic Fund in memory of Russ. They provide recourses to those Iowa cancer patients at greatest need during their journey through treatment and recovery. Please visit to share fond memories of Russ

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Celebration of Life Visitation

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Celebration of Life Service