Kirk Heater

Kirk Heater, 69, of Wapello passed away on Monday, October 23, 2023 at Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023 at the Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Wapello.  Memorial Services for Kirk will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the funeral home.  A tailgate will follow services at the Wapello Briggs Center.  At Kirk’s request all in attendance for visitation, service and the tailgate should honor Kirk by wearing black and gold.   A memorial has been established for future projects at the L.J. Thompson Park (South End Park) in Wapello in Kirk’s memory.  Online condolences may be left for the family at    

Kirk Bradley Heater was born on July 14, 1954 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Harry and Sally (Nott) Heater.  Kirk graduated from Morning Sun High School in the Class of 1972.   On September 7, 1971, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Strawhacker in Morning Sun.  Kirk worked for J.I. Case Company for 30 years, retiring in 2002.  He then began working for the City of Wapello where he spent another 20 years and most recently worked at mowing at the Solar Farm.  In his younger days, he was a member of Morning Sun Jaycees, Morning Sun Methodist Church, an I-Club Member and Ducks Unlimited.  He enjoyed hunting ducks with his dad, golfing, bowling, and coaching youth baseball and softball.   He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan being a season ticket holder for 30 years to Iowa Football and men’s basketball.  He was also a fan of the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Kirk will be deeply missed by his wife Myrtle Heater of Wapello; daughter, Stephanie (Eric) Bird of Logansport, Indiana and son, Jaye (Katy) Heater of Marion; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Dave (Sue) Heater of Wapello and Mark Heater of Joy, Illinois; bonus brother, Kim Hewitt and the sister he never had, Cindy Bockes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents and his beloved dog, Molly.