James W. Heike, 83, of Mondovi, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. He was born on the home farm in the town of Canton on November 3, 1925 to Walter and Selina (Mueller) Heike. Jim attended the local one-room Tiffany School and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he was confirmed. After graduating from Mondovi High School at the age of 16, he attended the Wisconsin Agricultural School at UW Madison and then moved with his family and assumed operation of the current Heike Farm. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Moy on June 7, 1947. Three children were born to this marriage: Linda, Daniel and Heidi.
In 1958 Jim entered the auction business and later earned his real estate broker license. He was actively involved in real estate development in the Chippewa Valley. On August 3, 1961 both his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Linda, were killed in a tragic auto accident.\nOn August 25, 1962, Jim married B. Jean (Hanson) Robertson who brought Fred and Sarah into the family. Jim was a community and civic-minded individual holding leadership positions in many organizations and businesses. They included board member and past president of the Zion Lutheran Church, Charter Member of the Mondovi Lions Club and recipient of the Melvin Jones Award; past board member and president of the Mondovi School District, the Chippewa Valley Realtors, the WI Auctioneers Association; past board member of the National Auctioneers Association, and Chairman of the Board of the Alliance Bank of Mondovi. In 2007 he received the Mondovi High School Hall of Fame Outstanding Alumni Award.
Jim had a lifelong appreciation for, and participation in musical activities including a vocalized dance band and a barbershop quartet. He enjoyed traveling, collecting antique John Deere tractors, operating his bulldozer, spending weekends at the Lake Pepin cottage and having early morning coffee with the gang.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Heike of Mondovi; four children, Dan (Lisa) Heike of Mondovi, Fred (Laura) Robertson, M.D. of Middleton, WI, Heidi (Harlan) Weber of Mondovi and Sarah Robertson of Eau Claire; eight grandchildren, Chris (Sara) Heike, Andrew (Greta) Heike, Nick Heike, Fred, Anna and Evan Robertson and Mike and Elsa Weber; three great-grandchildren, Ava, Julia and Carter Heike; a sister, Donna Armstrong of Eau Claire, WI; nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth; a daughter, Linda; his parents; an infant sister, and a brother-in-law, Robert Armstrong. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Jim Heike Memorial Scholarship Fund at Mondovi High School.
Jim will be remembered for his hard work, his generosity, his love of a great story and his infectious, hearty laugh.