Heimerls feted as Suring grand marshals

Married 59 years, they have been active in community all their lives
By: 
Warren Bluhm
News Editor

Ray and Helen Heimerl have been an integral part of the Suring community throughout their lives, and for that lifetime of service they were honored as grand marshals of the village’s 93rd annual Labor Day parade on Sept. 4.

The couple married in June 1964 and raised four children. They now have 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, said How Town Chairman Bill Bartz Jr., who introduced the Heimerls in a short ceremony after the parade at Veterans Memorial Park.

In addition to his supervisory role at Nu-Line Industries, which manufactured hundreds of thousands of protective baby gates over the years, Ray Heimerl served on many boards — including the Suring School Board and St. John Lutheran School Board. He was a church elder and trustee and building committee member. Bartz said Heimerl also helped get the village’s day care building built.

Helen Heimerl is secretary of the Suring Area Historical Society, active in promoting the society and its museum. Her favorite activities include bowling and swimming at the family cottage on White Lake, but family and faith are most important to her, Bartz said.

He concluded by citing a family motto attributed to the Heimerls’ granddaughter, Allie: “Take what you git, and don’t throw a fit.”

Ray Heimerl thanked the community and noted that he worked with Bartz for many years at Nu-Line and some of those community projects.

“We got along very well — the only time we didn’t get along well was when he disagreed with me,” he joked. “Outside of that, we got along real good.”

He handed the microphone to his wife, who said, “All I’ve got to say is, praise the Lord and give God the glory.”

The hourlong parade and an afternoon festival at Veterans Memorial Park concluded the annual four-day Labor Day Celebration in Suring. Activities ranged from a library book sale to the fire department’s chili cookoff — won this year by Amy Wolf — to Saturday night fireworks.