Dan Heimbuck

March 30, 1923October 20, 2013

Dan Heimbuck, the son of George and Elizabeth (Roth) Heimbuck, was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on March 30, 1923 (along with his twin sister Lea Nuss), and passed away on October 20, 2013, age 90, in Beaverton, Oregon.

Dan graduated from Scottsbluff High School, having lettered in track. He was an avid jogger and athletic buff most of his life. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was a sergeant, providing communication between Air Corps and Infantry, providing information about whether the area was clear for bombing or strafing. Dan provided messages relating to troop movement and military activity, took part in the invasion of Sicily, and was involved in operations all the way up the “boot” of Italy. Dan also participated in the taking of the islands Corsica and Elba, allowing for aircraft activities behind the German line. The war ended first in Italy, and in view of Dan’s time served of over three years, he was returned to the United States for discharge.

Upon discharge, Dan married his longtime sweetheart, Esther Schield, on October 1, 1945. Soon after the marriage, they moved to Portland, Oregon.

Dan and Esther have two children. Their son Jeffrey (wife Caron) was born on August 7, 1946 and their daughter Janet Purkeypile (husband Robert) was born on March 27, 1949. There are six grandsons: Christopher, Jason, and Zachary Heimbuck, and Matthew, Josh, and Nathan Purkeypile, and two great-grandchildren: Scarlett Marie Purkeypile and Drake Robert Purkeypile.

Dan joined Portland Trust and Savings Bank in 1946 and retired on October 1, 1986. He became an officer of the bank at an early age. He was active in American Institute of Banking, becoming president of the Portland chapter. Because of this achievement, he persuaded the bank to allow him to attend the Pacific Northwest School of Banking at the University of Washington, from which he graduated. Dan was then transferred to Parkrose, Oregon as vice-president and manager. The bank now known as Oregon Bank acquired an independent Rogue Valley Bank in Medford, Oregon. Dan was asked to serve as vice-president of the Rogue Valley branch. After three years, Dan was called back to Portland as vice-president and manager of their main branch. The bank established a special commercial lending department whose clients had to have minimal credit needs of one million dollars, Dan himself working with clients whose needs were as high as sixty million dollars. Because of his management and commercial lending experience, the bank asked him to become vice-president and regional credit supervisor; half of their Oregon branches were under Dan’s supervision. Upon the bank’s acquisition by Bank of America, Dan decided to retire.

Dan felt that the community had given him so much that he wanted to give back as much as possible. Some of the ways he expressed his gratitude were:

President of Parkrose Chamber of Commerce Member and board member of Parkrose Lions Club Board member of NE YMCA Board member of Metropolitan YMCA Board Member of Medford Chamber of Commerce Member of Medford Kiwanis Club President and chairman of Board of Medford YMCA Board chairman of Medford YMCA Capital Funds Campaign to remodel building Member of Portland Chamber of Commerce and member of Trade and Commerce and Forestry Committee Member of Portland Kiwanis Club – transferred to Cedar Hills Kiwanis Club Member and treasurer of Senior Corp of retired executives Board member of Metropolitan Portland YMCA

Further, as a testimony to the love and grace of God, Dan was baptized, confirmed, and married in Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He also served in the following capacities:

Member of Second German Evangelical Church of Portland, also serving as member and treasurer of the board, as a Sunday School teacher, and choir member Ordained elder and board member of First Presbyterian Church of Medford, Oregon Clerk of the Session, member of Personal Committee, Missions Committee, Foundations Committee, choir member for thirty-plus years at Valley Community Presbyterian Church in Portland Member of Sunset Presbyterian Church and was a member of their Care Group, Senior Activity Group, and Men’s Bible Study Group

In lieu of flowers, Dan’s family would be grateful for donations to either the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Institute.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 1, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, October 31, 2013
  • Burial with Honors Friday, November 1, 2013

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October 31, 2013

Dear Aunt Esther and family,
Floyd and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy in the passing over of Uncle Dan.He is in a great place enjoying all the bounties of the work he did in this world. Sadly, my husband and his siblings did not have the opportunity to establish a close relationship with the uncles who moved to the west coast after the war. Floyd's father died before the start of World War 2 so the bond between his father and brothers was not continued. We did so enjoy our visit to your home in Beaverton in about 1990. You both were so hospitable and introduced us to Uncle John and His wife with a lovely luncheon. Dan was always the uncle Floyd looked up to as far as a role figure. Hopefully he is living a similar life and life style he saw as admirable in Dan. We love you and you are in our prayers,

Dr. Floyd and Sharon Heimbuch

October 29, 2013

Esther & family; Our thoughts and prayers are with you During this time.
Dan was one of our Christian friends for many years. Rocky & Dorothy Lessard

Don & Vicki Ullstrom

October 27, 2013

Dear Aunt Esther and family,
What a great tribute to Uncle Dan. He will be missed by all.

October 27, 2013

Dear Aunt Esther, Jeff, Jan and families,

What beautiful photos of Uncle Dan's life. I remember what fun we all had on our family vacations to Oregon. I also remember lots of laughter any time our Dads would be together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Love, Sandy and Glen

Staff of Young's Funeral Home

October 27, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Aaron & Molly Lessard

October 26, 2013

Dear Ester and family,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this most difficult time.

Linda Olson

October 24, 2013

Dearest Aunt Ester and Family,
So very sorry to hear Uncle Dan passed away. I know that it is a great loss for you and your family. I hope that you can find peace in knowing that he is now at home with his heavenly father and family. When I think of Uncle Dan I will always remember his smile and great out look on life, he was always there to lend a hand if something needed to be done. I know my dad Howard really loved his brother-in-law. Uncle Dan will always be remembered for his love for the lord and his family. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Love to you and your family
Olson Family
Bill, Linda and Cristian

Bill & Dollie DeCamp

October 24, 2013

Dear Aunt Esther and Family.

You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.