Joy Heller, 89, Berthold, died Friday, March 28, 2014, in an Apache Junction, Ariz., hospital.
Joy was born May 6, 1924, in Hector, Minn., to Louie and Lydia (Jahnke) Heller. The family moved to the Berthold area when Joy was a child. He attended school in Berthold and graduated from Berthold High School in 1942. Joy served in the Army during World War II. Following his honorable discharge he returned to the Berthold area.
Joy married Ida Moen on Oct. 21, 1950, in Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold. They made their home in Minot and Joy was employed by local farmers, as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic and as a construction worker in the building of Minot Air Force Base. The family moved to Berthold in 1963.
Joy farmed all of his life. Also, he was employed at the Farmers Union and owned and operated Heller's Cafe for 20 years. Joy retired in 1980 and Joy and Ida had spent the last 34 winters in Arizona.
Joy was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post, both in Berthold, as well as the Eagles Aerie and Moose Lodge, both in Minot, and the Elks Lodge in Apache Junction, Ariz.
He loved working with his hands, woodworking and doing mechanical work. He was an all around handyman and if it didn't work, Joy would tinker until he had it fixed. Gardening and yard work were a passion and he enjoyed sharing his produce with everyone. He also enjoyed playing cards and table games with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was an excellent cook and a great bargain hunter.
Joy's loving family includes: his wife of 63 years, Ida; son, Jordan (Diana) Heller of Fargo; daughters, JoEllen (Jerry) Meade of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jeanne Brostrom of Los Angeles and Jane (Mike) Gebhart of Meadow, S.D.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Arnold (Gail) Heller of Rochester, Minn.; sisters, Vivian (Ardel) Lynne of Plaza, Violet (Joe) Lee of Biloxi, Miss., and Viola Brown of Meridian, Idaho; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joy was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Jerry; and brothers, Harold and R.H.
Celebration of the Life of Joy Heller: Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold.
Interment: Wildrose Cemetery, Berthold.
Visitation: Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church, Berthold.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).