Ronald H. Heinen

Ronald H. Heinen of the town of Barton passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 in Petra, Jordan.

He was born on July 16, 1938, in Milwaukee, the son of the late Bernadine (nee Giltner) and William Heinen.

In 1957, Ron graduated from Messmer High School, where he served as a monitor, treasurer, acolyte and was an officer in the Catholic Students Mission Crusade. He was also in the Seniors One Act plays.

He later enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving his country for three and a half years. While stationed at Fort Huachuca, he worked as a telegraphic operator. He also served overseas in Germany, which he really enjoyed. For his service, he received the Good Conduct medal.

After his service was completed, he returned to Wisconsin. On Oct. 27, 1962, he was united in marriage to Judith Ann Justen. They were married for 41 years, and together raised three children. Judy predeceased April 23, 2004.

Ron’s major occupation was drafting and he worked at Southeast Regional Planning Commission in Waukesha for 34 years, retiring in September 1996. He also worked as an independent contractor, doing everything from small jobs and remodeling to building an entire home.

On Dec. 3, 2005, he married Sharon Piechota.

In addition to being an active member of St. Mary Parish in West Bend, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Casper Rehrl Council No. 1964, a Fourth Degree member of Our Lady of Holy Hill Assembly No. 1677, and the St. Joseph’s Society.

He loved to travel and experience all life had to offer and enjoyed to hunt and fish. There was nothing he couldn’t fix and he was able to build almost anything.

Ron will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; three children, Mike (friend Jackie), Scott (Mary) and Cindy (Larry) Zingsheim; four grandchildren, David, Ashley and Sara Heinen and Samantha Zingsheim; other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerome Repenshek presiding. Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery with military honors. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation on Wednesday at the church only from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be a service conducted by the Knights of Columbus prior to the Mass.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at