Eric Heitkamp first met his wife, Molly, when they both attended Van Buren High School. While he was two years older than his wife, he still knew her well; however, they did not begin dating until she was a senior in high school and he was a sophomore in college. “Our first date was at the fair,” Mr. Heitkamp says. “I remember wanting to hold her hand but I was too nervous.”
The couple has been married for fourteen years and have three children together (12-year-old Grace, 10-year-old Winston, and 7-year-old Benjamin). They are both teachers at Van Buren Schools; Mrs. Heitkamp is a fourth grade science teacher and Mr. Heitkamp is a high school technology teacher.
When did you realize she was “the one”? It was shortly after we started seeing each other. Probably within a month.
How did you propose? My wife told me she loved me at her grandparents’ pond. Years later, I took her to the same pond and got down on one knee. I wanted to go back somewhere that meant something to us.
What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? We are very family-oriented so we are celebrating the holiday by eating dinner with Molly’s grandma for her grandma’s birthday.
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