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James D Heitt

James D Heitt

Cedar Rapids

James D. Heitt went to meet his Lord and Savior on October 31, 2022. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the stateroom of Cedar Memorial Chapel. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 18 at 3 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed on the funeral home’s website under the “Video” tab under the James D. Heitt obituary

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James was born on October 30, 1939 in Maquoketa, Iowa to Dale and Kay (Beck) Heitt. He graduated from Andrew High School in Andrew, Iowa. In 1963 he began his career as a machinist with Welty-Way Products, Inc. of Cedar Rapids, which eventually became Iowa Precision Industries, Inc. From there he served as machine shop manager, night shift supervisor of the machine shop on the production floor, planning manager, operations manager, sales engineer, vice president of operations, vice president and general manager, and finally president of Iowa Precision Industries. He also served as President of the Lockformer Company of Lisle, Illinois and was a director, president and chief operating officer of parent company Met-Coil Systems Corporation.

Throughout his business career, he held the same high standards for others as he did for himself. Although he worked hard at times, he was also able to recognize when people really needed a little “break” and would reward them with it. Everyone who met him left with a smile for he was a good and fair businessman with a strong presence.

Jim had a deep love and commitment to his three boys, Marty, Jeff and Dave. Throughout their upbringing, he coached their pee-wee football teams and was involved in all of their sports. Whenever he was with his boys, they laughed loudly and profusely. They meant the world to him. Jim enjoyed playing tennis, golf and cards with his longtime friends on a weekly basis and continued to do so well into his 70’s. He took an active part in company-sponsored basketball, bowling, billiards, and table tennis games. He loved horses and horseback riding, blues music, dancing and the Dallas Cowboys. His career has enabled him to travel extensively around the world through Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Jim married Tammy Cook on June 21, 2001 in New Orleans. He was a generous, loving, romantic husband with an incredible sense of humor, tremendous intellect and an attractive personality. Jim and Tammy had a strong bond throughout their wonderful 21 years of marriage. They went hand in hand as Jim bravely battled his health issues later in life. Jim will be loved forever.

Jim is survived by his dear wife Tammy; sons, Martin Reed and Jeffrey Drew, both of Cedar Rapids; grandsons, Briton Martin (Kay) Heitt and Morgan Bradley Heitt; great-grandchildren, Brielle Kay, Robby Lee, and Kaden James Heitt, all from Oklahoma; stepsons, Nicholas Craig (Stephanie) Hubacek of Cedar Rapids and Gregory Scott (Sarah) Hubacek of Los Angeles, California; brother-in-law Larry Stickley of Boscobel, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law Joannie (Dan) of Orr, Minnesota, Deha Miller (Wyndel) of Lemesa, Texas, and Valerie (John) of Shell Lake, Wos.; plus numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

His parents preceded him in death; beloved son David; and sister, Barb Stickley.

The Salvation Army was an important charity for Jim because the organization once helped him when he was young. Since then he has been an active supporter. Memorial donations in Jim’s memory can be made at centralusa.salvationarmy.org/cedarrapids/ and support their mission of providing faith, hope and service. Or mail Jim’s name to The Salvation Army, 1000 C Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404.

Online condolences are welcome and can be submitted at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

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