Sherry and Phil Heydt hold up their award. The couple was stunned and grateful.
Photo by Melanie Dobson
By Karen M. Jorgensen and Melanie Dobson
Phil and Sherry Heydt were probably the most speechless couple at the Hayfield Legion on Saturday night as they were named Hayfield Citizens of the Year. They may also have been the last people in town to find out about the honor.
Molly Heydt, daughter-in-law to Phil and Sherry Heydt read her nomination letter.
"I am writing this letter to nominate two very giving people that I know and have known for many years. I am biased because they are my father- and mother-in-law, but feel even if they weren't they would still be very deserving of this award. Phil and Sherry Heydt have been citizens of Hayfield for many years. Phil was born and raised here, graduated from school in Hayfield, and has lived here since his time in the military. Sherry and Phil married in 1968, have farmed land near town to carry on the family tradition, and are big supporters of our school, their church, and this community in many ways.
"Phil and Sherry are a team. Much of what they do is together. Their time spent at the Oaks Country Club, whether hauling rocks or taking care of the flowers, is invaluable.
"The time taken at their church to support the church's mission and help those in need... immeasurable. The attendance and support of extra curricular events and fundraisers at school... vital. These are just a snapshot of the kind of people they are. Did I say it's all volunteer work? Well, it is, and all of these and a number of other things they do together.
"On a personal level, Phil and Sherry are big supporters of their family, too. They both help out with field work (spring, summer, and fall), are willing to assist their grandkids with just about anything, and seem to enjoy every minute of it. Their attitude, punctuality and presence are beyond words.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.