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Jonathan “Ringo” Huitema was born on September 13, 1993 to Jeffrey and Pam (Heidinger) Huitema at Mitchell, SD. Jonathan attended Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD.
Since he was incredibly smart, the classroom proved to slow for him so he graduated high school early in 2011. At the age of 18, he began working for a watermelon farm in Forestburg, SD where he learned to drive truck. Through this job, he discovered his passion for being behind the wheel and went on to be an independent truck driver ultimately driving through the majority of the continental United States.
He was also known for his large appetite and perpetual room for dessert. As a child, Jonathan insisted to his Grandpa Jon that he had a dessert stomach which started a saying that has now been carried on to the next generation. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially out on the ranch with his Uncle Doug in Miller, SD. In his spare time, he also loved fishing with his little buddy Colton.
When he was younger, Jonathan had a love for Thomas the Train and his interest in trains continued into his adulthood. But being behind the wheel of a truck was his passion, he absolutely loved it!
Jonathan had a heart of gold and was quick to hug. He would help anybody with anything. Jonathan believed that there were only two things that really mattered in life, “Did you find happiness in your life? Did you bring happiness to others?”
Jonathan unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Kimball, South Dakota having attained the age of 25 years.
He is survived and remembered by the love of his life, Shantel Bairey of Chamberlain, SD; son Otto Huitema, who brought fulfillment to his life; parents Pam Heidinger of Mitchell, SD and Jeff (Lori) Huitema of Yankton, SD; sister Brittany (Nick) Chappell of Greenfield, IN; brothers Derrick Huitema of Yankton, SD and Donavan Heidinger of Mitchell, SD; grandmothers Betty Heidinger of Mitchell, SD and JoAnn Huitema of Yankton, SD; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who he loved very much… and of course, his fellow truck driving brothers.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Don Heidinger and Jon Huitema and uncle David Heidinger.
This obituary was written by the Goglin Funeral Home on behalf of the family.
Dear Pam and family. I am sending you my deepest condolences. Sorry about the passing of your son. Healing thoughts and prayers to you and yours.
Jim and Diane Suhr Sep 20 2019 10:48 PM
Jeff and Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies and condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jeff Pettit Sep 17 2019 7:23 PM
Pam, I am so sorry to hear about Jonathan. The heartbreak can be so overwhelming, as you know Ive been there. There forever will be an emptiness in your heart. I will pray for you and your family to get through this very hard time! Hugs!
Lisa Hermandson Sep 17 2019 3:02 PM
Jeff and Family, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Your Work Team in 6000 Sep 16 2019 8:18 PM
Pam and Jeff I am so sorry for your loss. Having Johnny has a childhood neighbor definitely made my childhood brighter and more interesting I never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. Sending you lots of love Pam, from my family to yours I'm so sorry.
Hillary Copiskey Sep 16 2019 6:55 PM
Our sympathy to all of Jon's family and friends. We got to know this young man through hauling cattle. Which he did many times for us. Such a nice young man. Did good work, pleasant, all around good guy. I always figured he had good parenting, because, when talking to me it was ALWAYS, yes Ma'am, no MA'AM. I always appreciated that. He seem to enjoy visiting with Garry, too. Just so kind and thoughtful. Again, our sympathy .
Lena Bultje Sep 16 2019 3:52 PM
Jeff / Pam and families...My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Roxy (Shank) Laufmann Sep 16 2019 3:34 PM
Jon was an inspiration to live out your dreams. Rest easy my brother.
David Neal Sep 16 2019 6:46 AM
So sorry to learn of this Jeff and Lori. May God bring you peace in the coming days. You and your family are in our prayers.
Todd Abler Sep 16 2019 6:26 AM
I knew Johnny from him working with my dad on the melon farm. He was a fun, kind, and joke telling kinda guy. His love for smiling and making people laugh was his passion. He will forever be missed and loved in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
Stephanie Seppala Sep 16 2019 5:30 AM