Philip Jerome Heymans

SLEEPY EYE — Philip Jerome Heymans, age 86, of Sleepy Eye died on May 15, 2019, at Mother of Mercy in Albany, MN.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 24, 2019, from 12:00 to 2 pm at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, North Entrance.

Funeral Mass will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

Msgr. John Richter will officiate

Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

A reception will be held in the Social Room following the interment.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Mary’s School or Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Philip Heymans was born in Sleepy Eye, MN, to Martin and Veronica (Jungers) Heymans on March 18, 1933. He graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, in 1955. He married Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Mandell on August 20, 1956. He partnered with his father, Martin, in the wholesale hardware business and later Ariens Power Equipment. For many years Phil enjoyed hunting, sailing, and was passionate about aviation. He began flying lessons at age 14 and acquired his pilot license when he was 16. He enjoyed watching a variety of sports and was an avid fan of Notre Dame and St. John’s University football. Phil appreciated the aesthetics of modern architecture which was evident in his house he helped build. He was a very supportive father to his eight children. He went above and beyond to help his family and friends with house repairs and building projects. He served on many local committees, the school board, and was well-versed in politics and business. Phil was known by this family and friends to have a funny, dry sense of humor with quick-witted one-liners. He valued family and faith above all else.

Phil is preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his brother Robert, and parents Martin and Veronica. He is survived by his sister Frances Heymans; his children Steven (Susan Sink), Amy (Kevin) Kluesner, Ann (Larry) Rodich, Greg (Mary), Tim (Annie), Mark (Yoneko), Maria (Paul) Heymans-Becker, and Christina (Mark Herzog) Heymans-Arneson; 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Mother of Mercy Senior Living in Albany, MN, for their loving physical and spiritual care and special efforts at the end of Phil’s life.