Robert Heinze - Lincoln KS
4/18/1950 - 9/19/2017
Robert Denton Heinze, 67, of Lincoln, KS, died Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in Lincoln. He was born April 18, 1950, in Salina, to Richard Leo and Betty Jane (Nelson) Heinze.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Douglas.
"Wie gehts (pronounced vee-gates)," this is going to be hard work recounting the life of the great White Eagle. Strong and silent his greeting was often a silent gesture, a look in his eye, or German greeting learned years ago. So many of these things lose meaning on paper. Bob was greatly influenced by his parents and he carried on their legacy throughout his life. That life was sometimes learned the hard way with a Superman dive off the garage roof, or with an M80 shell in the face. In full circle, this same life would send him back to the old country on duty with the United States Army. A duty he was proud to fulfill.
One memorable fall festival and stolen hat changed his life forever. When he found his hat, he also found the love of his life. A secret courtship turned into marriage, followed by Yawnawnie, Hughey, and Cakers. We can't forget Babe, Nakita, and Piddles the cat. All mixing together for many years of wrestling, “don't make me get the hose,” and “your butt's gonna be in it!” Can't help but think of Bob's favorite movie, Lonesome Dove, and a famous quote from Gus...”It ain't dying I'm talking about, it’s living.” Those years made you into the best Pepaw around.
Hard working steward of the land, Bob loved farming and tending to the cattle. Often the only vacation would be to Branson to visit old Army friends or a weekend camp out at the lake. He also enjoyed pheasant hunting with a double barrel shot gun in hand. This hunt would take great preparation, requiring half a hog, a dozen eggs, powdered donuts, and a Snickers to last, until the noon meal at Denmark. The hunting feast would be polished off with mincemeat or lemon pie.
So many after-harvest parties and weenie roasts were shared, and so many left to come. Time has gone so fast, but glad you were able to wait a little bit. Hope the gates are fine in your heavenly home, we are sure the fences are down. With our final high fives and fist bumps, we love you Dad (Pepaw) and we will see you later.
Left to celebrate his life include: his wife, Christina (Douglass) Heinze, of the home; sons, Jarrod (Kris) Heinze, of Lincoln and Matthew (Danette) Heinze, of Ellsworth; daughter, Rebecca (Bryan) Gil, of Lincoln; brother, John Heinze, of Lincoln; sister, Pamela (Phil) Schneider, of Salina; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation: 1-7:00 P.M. Friday, September 22nd, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln. Family present 5-7:00 P.M.
Service: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 23rd, at St. John Lutheran Church, Lincoln.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.
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