Donald J. Heinecke

Donald J. Heinecke of West Bend was called to eternal life of Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at the age of 80.

He was born on March 21, 1928 in Barton to the late George P. and Sybilla M. (nee Schaeffer) Heinecke.

On June 29, 1946 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy A. Krewald, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Dorothy predeceased June 28, 2006 and Don dearly missed her.

He enlisted with the United States Navy, serving at the end of World War II. He was assigned to the USS Myles C. Fox, a destroyer, in the Pacific Theater. He returned to West Bend after his discharge to raise his family.

In the Navy, Don learned his profession as a maintenance mechanic, which he practiced in the dairy industry for most of his life, including 25 years at the White House Milk Co. Following their closing, he was employed by Level Valley Dairy for many years and later by Engelhardt Distributors.

Family was a huge part of Donald’s life. Together, they took many family trips to Star Lake in Vilas County where he taught his children to fish. He was a devoted husband, loving father and proud grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include seven children, Donald (Diane) of Bruns-wick, Ga., Dennis (Brenda) of Sheboygan, Diane (Arthur) Klemme of Allenton, Debra (Daniel) Kindler of Hatley, Doug-las (Sherry) of Cedar Grove, Dena of Kewaskum and Dale (Mary Jo) of Jackson; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorraine (Francis) Braun of West Bend and Catherine (Tom) Breuer of Hartford; a brother, George (Peggy) of Muskego; three sisters-in-law, Marcella Krewald of St. Cloud, Ruth (LaVerne) Immel of St. Cloud and Dorothy Krewald of Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers-in-law, Melvin (Norma) Krewald of Campbellsport and Myron (Margie) Krewald of West Bend; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Westphal; and seven brothers-in-law, Ervin Westphal and Alvin, Edward, Harvey, Elmer, Walter and Albert Krewald.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial following in the new St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m. and also Wednesday at the church only from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m.

The family has requested memorials to The Kathy Hospice.

Donald’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Cedar Crossings Subacute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and The Kathy Hospice for the care given to him.