Robert Scott Heier, 57, Bismarck went to his heavenly home August 6th, 2023.
A Celebration of Life will take place Friday, August 11, at 10:00 AM, at Parkway Funeral Services, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. A gathering will begin one hour prior to the service.
The burial will take place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, immediately following the service.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Thursday, August 10, with a time to share memories starting at 6:00 PM at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Pkwy, Bismarck. In honor of Rob, please wear your favorite sports, Harley Davidson or military attire on Thursday evening for the visitation and our time of sharing stories.
Rob was born on September 2nd, 1965, to Victor and Phyllis Heier of Wolf Point, Montana.
As a young boy, Rob loved all sports and was very active in hockey, baseball, basketball and football. The family moved to Mandan in 1980 and Rob graduated from Mandan High School in 1984.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1985 and served until 1992. During his active duty, Sergeant Robert Heier was stationed in Germany and honorably served during Operation Desert Storm as part of Alpha Battery, 5th Battalion, 62ND Air Defense Artillery.
During his service, he was awarded several medals for his exceptional service to include, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medals, Southwest Asia Service Medal, W/2 Bronze Service Stars, Army Good Conduct Medal and his unit received a Valorous Award honoring them for heroism during their time of deployment. Rob was very patriotic and loved his unit. He was very proud to have served and of his time defending the United State of America.
Rob met the love of his life, Michele Marie Anderson in 1989 and they married May 18th, 1990 in El Paso, TX where Rob was stationed. Scott Michael was born while Rob was deployed and he met his son for the first time when he was 2.5 months old, upon stepping foot back on American soil. This was a heartwarming story of a Father meeting his son for the first time after returning home from active duty which was captured on national news.
After his military service, Rob continued his education at Minot State University and finished with a degree in Criminal Justice as part of the Class of 1996. He was very dedicated to his studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned Presidential Honors.
They were blessed with 2 more boys, Brandon Mark and Tyler Richard. Rob was so proud of all 3 of his sons. He would beam from ear to ear as he watched his boys grow up and shared stories of them to whomever would listen to him.
Whether it was going on family vacations, playing games all night long, watching movies at home or simply being with family, those were his most cherished times. During the summers, you could find Rob and Brandon on the golf course or grabbing a bite to eat and enjoying each other’s company. When home, Tyler and Rob would play games together all hours of the night, often in deep competition with each other.
Rob finally got his daughter when Scott married Nadia. Traveling on the interstates from North Dakota to Texas to spend time creating memories with Scott, Nadia & the dogs was always cherished. It didn’t matter that it took 24 hours to get there by car, their excitement to see them rose to the top. Nothing brought greater joy for Rob then spending time with his family.
He was so excited when he was told he was going to be promoted to Grandpa with his first granddaughter, coming January 2024. That when his recent great niece, Raya Tate, was born, he wanted to spend every minute he could with her to practice becoming an amazing grandpa.
Upon graduation with his Criminal Justice Degree, Rob’s love for serving the community through civic duties led him to becoming the Deputy Warden of the ND State Penitentiary. For the past 10+ years, Rob was employed with Bis Man Security Inc.
In their free time, Rob and Michele were often seen driving the Harley, whether it was around town or joining their friends in Sturgis for the annual rally. Friends played a big role in their lives whether they were camping, traveling to Deadwood, or simply hanging out with their best friends at their favorite spots. At home, you would find them in the kitchen canning, cooking and ending the night relaxing in the hot tub. Rob was so proud of everything that was made in the kitchen, he would send out at least 20 texts to his family and friends of what he made before he took his first bite. He loved to gather around a good meal.
Every Sunday, you could find him the living room cheering on his favorite team the Pittsburgh Steelers. When he married Michele, he married into a large Steelers family all waving their terrible towels on game day and group texting play by play during the intense games.
Rob was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all those who called him friend, especially Erv and Linda, Don and Becky and Rick and Lana.
Rob was survived by his wife Michele of 33 years, his boys Scott (Nadia), Brandon, Tyler (James) and his granddaughter who will be born in January 2024. His mother Phyllis, sisters Leslie Wright (Mason) and Voni (Phil) Parker and his brother Todd Zander. His in-laws Mark (Heather) Anderson, Sheila (Rich) Bernhardt, Michael (Brandi) Anderson and Debra (Neal) Eslinger. He was loved by many nieces and nephews to include Robert, Shanna (James), Freddie (Leilani), Gunnar, Christian, Hannah, Kayla (Devan), Ryan, Karlee (Cooper), Brant, Alea, Jada (Jacob), Kale and Tia. He also had several aunts, uncles, great nieces & nephews and cousins that he adored.
Rob was reunited in Heaven with his Father Victor, Uncle Twerp, Grandpa and Grandma Finch, his Father and Mother-in-Law Kevin and Catherine Anderson and his nephew Isaac Neal Eslinger.
PS. Rob will be outside waiting in the car….