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A monument-al career

Dennis Heidebrink has begun offering a line of monuments, Heidebrink Monuments, at his Oxford Street location. <em>(Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)</em>

WORTHINGTON -- Dennis Heidebrink has started a new endeavor.

In addition to his Kirby vacuum sales and service, he has opened Heidebrink Monuments at 1118 Oxford St.

"I started out and I farmed," Heidebrink said. "I have the Kirby office there, also, and I've done that for 28 years.

"I like working with people. A lot of times people don't take care of their business, and it can be unexpectedly when people die. Some people just put it off. So if we can help them in any way going through their time of need, we definitely do that. It's amazing what I found out in just the little bit that I've been at it."

Heidebrink opened his store earlier this month, and said business has been good so far.

"We're there, we had the office space available in the building we're at," he said. "There weren't any hurdles or anything that we had to overcome to start out."

Heidebrink Monuments offers many products from which to choose.

"Any lettering or anything you want, from century farms to field rock, if they want that," he said. "We can do that for them. If they want countertop, I do have access to granite countertop."

Just like his Kirby business -- which he will continue to maintain -- Heidebrink puts an emphasis on service.

"We've had Kirby sales and service for all those years," he said. "We always felt service was something very important to the people. Not just sales, but the service that goes with it. I strongly believe this will be the same way.

"It's a part of life," he said about offering a death-related service. "Everybody is going to have to have one sooner or later. We will all come to an end in life, and hopefully, it's later than sooner."

While he is making the transition into the new venture, there has been a learning curve.

"The learning experience would be the size of plots," Heidebrink said. "One of the things that was an eye-opener is every cemetery had different regulations as far as what they can have for monuments. The nice part is, if I don't know, I can ask to find out. I think that's something, too, people don't realize -- ask questions when they are looking for a plot."

The best part for Heidebrink is the challenge of the new business.

"It's a new challenge and a new beginning," he said. "I farmed for over 20 years, and I've done Kirby for 28. I just feel at this time in my life, it's a new adventure again. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up."

Heidebrink Monuments can be reached at 376-9776. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, or by appointment.

On Friday, Heidebrink Monument will have an open house with snacks and refreshments available.

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