Myron E. Heuer

Myron E. Heuer of Watertown, Wis., formerly Howard Lake, died Monday, Feb. 1, 1999 at Watertown Memorial Hospital, Watertown, Wis.

He was born the son of Ernest and Tena (Vogel) Heuer in Howard Lake, May 6, 1928. Myron was baptized May 27, 1928 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, by the Rev. C. G. Seltz and confirmed in his faith at St. James Church April 6, 1941 by the Rev. E. N. Seltz.

On Dec. 17, 1949, Myron married Betty Ondracek at Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Powell, Wyo. by the Rev. A. Crasmer. This union was blessed with the birth of two sons and one daughter.

Myron graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1945 and attended the Minneapolis Beck School of Broadcasting. He served in the Armed Forces Radio Service while stationed in Korea.

The majority of his life, Myron worked as a radio announcer using the name Mike Hoyer in Mississippi, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, California and North Dakota. The Country Music Association named him Country Music Disc Jockey of the Year for 1979.

He was one of the first to organize and lead bus tours to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, which evolved in later years into what is called Fan Fair. In 1995, he was named to the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.

While semi-retired, Myron managed motels and self-storage facilities until retiring in Howard Lake where he kept active in city government, community activities and St. James Lutheran Church.

In 1997, he and Betty moved to Watertown, Wis., becoming members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Watertown, Wis. However, he kept his hometown connection by writing a weekly column for the Howard Lake-Waverly Herald newspaper.

Myron is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons Thomas (Lillian) of Watertown, Wis. and Jeffrey of Fresno, Calif.; one daughter Cynthia (Russell) Buhaug of Lake Park, Minn.; three grandchildren, Maren Buhaug, Ryan and Preston Heuer; and one brother Jerome (Mary Lou) Heuer of Arveda, Colo.

He is further survived by aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Myron were Friday, Feb. 5 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake. The Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiated. The organist was Diane Johnson, who also served as soloist.

Interment will take place this summer at Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia, Wis.

Honorary pallbearers were Welton Zander, Elmer Flake, Darrell Heuer, and Myron's grandchildren; Ryan Heuer, Preston Heuer, and Maren Buhaug.

Memorials can be sent to the family or the charity of one's choice.

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