2006-06-29 / Obituaries

Reuben Heinlein

Reuben Heinlein Reuben Heinlein Reuben J. Heinlein of Elwell, a retired lumber yard owner, was a frequent visitor to the St. Ignace area, where he fished on Brevort Lake and St. Martin Bay, and in the Les Cheneaux Islands area with his wife, Margaret. Their trips to St. Joseph Island, Ontario, produced 30 years of entertaining stories, and fish.

Mr. Heinlein died at the age of 86 June 17, 2006, at the Pine River Health Center in St. Louis.

Mr. Heinlein was born April 28, 1920, to Peter and Ida Heinlein, on a farm near Reese in Saginaw County.

He was graduated from Arthur Hill Trade School in Saginaw, and served in the United States Army in Belgium, France, and Germany during World War II.

Mr. Heinlein married Margaret Hochthanner in 1942, in Rolla, Missouri, while he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

He managed lumber yards in Alma before joining three other businessmen in purchasing the Ithaca Lumber Company, where he worked for 13 years.

Mr. Heinlein was an avid angler and woodworker, and enjoyed reading books and newspapers. His aversion to urban congestion prompted him to seek refuge in northern Michigan and Canada, and family members said "he was especially fond of the Upper Peninsula's scenic solitude." He was part-owner of a cabin near the Tahquamenon River in the McMillan area for many years.

Retired since 1983, he always found the time for a good conversation, a few hands of Euchre, or a drive north with his boat in tow. He also played the concertina at dances, in jam sessions with family members, and at his church. He learned to play the instrument in his youth, during the Great Depression, when dances were an inexpensive form of enjoyment. After he retired, he especially liked to provide music for the residents of nursing homes.

Mr. Heinlein is survived by his wife; two sons and their families, Gary and Gayle Heinlein of St. Ignace and Lansing, and Thomas and Joy Heinlein of Sumner; four grandchildren, John Heinlein, Kristin Tyree, Abbey Roelofs, and Adam Heinlein, and six greatgrandchildren, James and Erin Heinlein, and Logan, Duncan, Ethan, and Peytan Tyree.

He was preceded in death by a son, James, and two sisters, Ruth Tessin and Erna Gillig.

Services were Tuesday, June 20, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alma. Burial was at the Seville Township Cemetery near Elwell.

Dewey Funeral Home of Alma assisted the family with arrangements.

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