Floyd Heitzman graced the world with his presence on December 18, 1933, when he was born to August and Amelia Heitzman, of McClusky, North Dakota. He left just as peacefully as he arrived, passing quietly in his sleep on the morning of September 20, 2021.
When he was very young, his family moved to the Hardin Montana area where Floyd grew up on the family farm and attended Hardin High. Floyd lived life to the fullest, beginning his great adventure with his marriage to Dorothy Jabs in 1955. After enlisting in the armed forces, Floyd was stationed at Grundstat Army Depot in Worms, Germany, from 1957-1959.
It was in Worms that Floyd's eldest and only daughter Pam was born. After his enlistment ended, Floyd returned to Montana, living for a time in Butte, where second child Dean was born. Ever a talented musician, Floyd followed a dream and moved his family to Bozeman, where he established a music store, and enjoyed sharing his talent and passion with others until 1965. It was in Bozeman that youngest son Myron was born. Floyd's adventure continued with an eventual move to Missoula, and the family settled into the place they came to consider 'home'.
In 1975, Floyd followed a second dream and built The Living Room Furniture Store on South Reserve, even though many told him it was 'too far out in the boonies'. Floyd remained active in the family business until his retirement in 1999. He then took to fishing in Alaska with dear friend, Chuck Traylor, co-owning a vessel enshrined 'The Never Again'. Many family and friends joined him each year on The Never Again to share in Floyd's great love for the outdoors. In off seasons for Alaska, Floyd returned home to Montana, where he demonstrated his skills as an avid hunter and fisherman, always willingly sharing the bounty of his 'catch'.
Floyd's life was graced these past twenty years by Joanne Froelich, a beloved friend who bravely accompanied him on his many jaunts and adventures. She remains a dear friend to those of us touched by her kindness and friendship.
Floyd will forever be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend.
Floyd is survived by his sister, Violet Reiswig of Lodi, California; his children Pam (Mitch Goulet) Heitzman, Dean (Erin) Heitzmann, Myron (Janice) Heitzman; dear friend, Joanne Froelich; grandchildren, Adryan Heitzmann, Aaron (Sam) Heitzmann, Daniel (Johleen) Terry, Michelle Terry, Taelor Heitzmann, Jennifer (Brennan Dawson) Halvorson, Morgan (Levi Hoerner) Halvorson, Joshua Goulet, and Noelle Goulet; and numerous great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Floyd's life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, September 27, 2021, at Garden City Funeral Home. The graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m., Monday, at Florence Carlton Cemetery.