Donald Dean “Don” Heine Sr, 86, of Metropolis, IL was surrounded by his family when he was called to his heavenly home on Friday August 23, 2019. Don was born October 23, 1932 to the late Roy and Loudene Heine in Harrisburg, IL. 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 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Loudene Heine, wife of 48 years Rita N. Heine, brother Charles A. Heine, son John Edward Heine and wife Linda Loncteaux, nephew Charles W. Heine and 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 Company. He provided for is family as an employee with Allied Chemical (Currently Honeywell) working there 32 years as an operator, production shift foreman, and production shift supervisor, before retiring in 1993.
Don is survived by his son Don D. Heine Jr and wife Christy of Erlanger, KY, daughter Susan L. Myers and husband Kenny, Grandson John D. Heine and wife Kara, Grandson Brian C. Heine, Grandson Jacob Myers, Granddaughter Jodi Myers all of Metropolis, Grandson Brandon Heine and Granddaughter Erin Peterson and husband Chad of Erlanger, KY, and Great Grandchildren Olivia, Hannah, Devin, Brian, Lucy, Drake, and Cason Heine all of Metropolis, Alex and Owen Peterson of Erlanger, KY, and great-great grandchild Stella Heine of Metropolis, sisters-in-law, Opal Heine of Metropolis, Julie Wilson and husband Harold of Harrisburg, IL, nephews, Steve Heine and wife Sue of Metropolis and David Heine and wife Rose Marie of Paducah, KY.
Friends and family may pay their respects at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Tuesday at Metropolis First Baptist Church from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, with the funeral service following at 12:00 noon with Dr. Joe Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in the Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Metropolis First Baptist Church, Building Fund, 307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis, Illinois 62960.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Myers, John Dean Heine, Brian Heine, Brian Heine Jr., Devon Heine, Brandon Heine, Jacob Johnson, and Jodi Myers.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com
First Baptist Church Building Fund
307 Massac Creek Road, Metropolis IL 62960