Donald Dean “Don” Heine Sr., 86, of Metropolis, was surrounded by his family when he was called to his heavenly home on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
Don was born Oct. 23, 1932 to the late Roy and Loudene Heine in Harrisburg. He attended Harrisburg public schools through graduation in 1950.
Don was a devout Christian, accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. He was a faithful member for 54 years and a former deacon of Metropolis First Baptist Church. Don was a Kentucky Colonel and avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Don married his childhood sweetheart, Rita Nell Ledbetter, in June 1951. This marriage produced three loving children: Don Jr., John and Susan. Don was further blessed with six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Loudene Heine; wife of 48 years, Rita N. Heine; one brother, Charles A. Heine; one son, John Edward Heine and wife Linda Loncteaux; one nephew, Charles W. Heine; and one niece, Kimberly Heine.
After the death of his first wife, Don married Shirley Beck of Metropolis in 2000 and survived her death in 2018.
Don had a storied working career beginning at a very early age that included jobs such as paperboy, drugstore attendant, grocery store clerk, security guard with the railroad and lineman with Illinois Commercial Telephone Co. He provided for his family as an employee with Allied Chemical, now known as Honeywell, working there 32 years as an operator, production shift foreman and production shift supervisor, before retiring in 1993.
Don is survived by one son, Don D. Heine Jr. and wife Christy of Erlanger, Kentucky; one daughter, Susan L. Myers and husband Kenny of Metropolis; his grandchildren, Jodi Myers, Jacob Myers, John D. Heine and wife Kara and Brian C. Heine, all of Metropolis, and Brandon Heine and Erin Peterson and husband Chad, all of Erlanger; his great-grandchildren, Olivia, Hannah, Devin, Brian, Lucy, Drake and Cason Heine, all of Metropolis, and Alex and Owen Peterson of Erlanger; one great-great-grandchild, Stella Heine of Metropolis; two sisters-in-law, Opal Heine of Metropolis and Julie Wilson and husband Harold of Harrisburg; and two nephews, Steve Heine and wife Sue of Metropolis and David Heine and wife Rose Marie of Paducah.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at Metropolis First Baptist Church with Dr. Joe Buchanan officiating.
Burial followed at Metropolis Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jacob Myers, John Dean Heine, Brian Heine, Brian Heine Jr., Devon Heine, Brandon Heine, Jacob Johnson and Jodi Myers.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Metropolis First Baptist Church’s Building Fund, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis, IL 62960.
Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.