Eugene Edward Heinz

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Eugene Edward Heinz

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Eugene “Gene” Edward Heinz was born May 24, 1932, to Fred and Margaret (Schmidt) Heinz in Hazen, ND. Gene passed away on Aug. 22, 2020, after a long battle with heart disease.

Gene was the third of eight children and raised in Center, ND. After graduation, he enlisted in the army and served in the Korean Conflict; after serving, he was honorably discharged. Fifty years later, he received many military honors, including three Purple Hearts. Gene attended college after his discharge getting a degree in business.

Before enlisting in the army, he worked as a meat cutter in Center, ND. After being discharged, he moved to Carson, ND, and ran the meat locker there.

While in Carson, Gene met and married Ann Kuntz on October 13, 1959. During their almost 61 years of marriage, they had five children, Randy of Billings, Robyn (David) Dalke of Shepherd, Renee (Brian) Brady of Bismarck, ND, and identical twins Rhonda (Tom) Meyer and Roxann Heinz of Billings. They also have five grandchildren, Caitlyn Dalke, Caleb Dalke, Nathan Brady, Stefan Meyer and Sydney Meyer.

Gene continued his meat cutting career in Wyoming and Montana for about 25 years before joining the Postal Service.

Upon retirement from the Postal Service, Gene enjoyed coffee with his work buddies every Tuesday, as well as sports, playing cards, and joking and visiting with everyone he met. The best description of Gene is that he could sit on a park bench by himself and start a conversation, and the park bench would answer back. Gene and Ann went on cruises and guided tours in many other countries, enjoying them all, but especially their trip to the Holy Land. He also made an Honor Flight with his son in 2018.

He was a life member of the VFW-Post 2281, Thermopolis, WY, 3rd & 4th Degree Knight of Columbus-Council 9976, American Legion-Post 3, Disabled American Veteran-Post 10, and the Moose Lodge 558 all out of Billings.

Gene was preceded in death by both his parents; siblings Dorothy, Frank, Ronald, Wayne; and brother-in-law, Bruce Jackman.

He is survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; sisters Beverly Jackman and Cynthia (Cliff) Leinius of Bismarck; brother Jerome (LaVerne) Heinz of El Paso, TX; sister-in-law Margaret Heinz; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals, St. Vincent DePaul, or a charity of your choice.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, August 28, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 717 18th St. West. Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral Mass will be live streamed at www.stpiusxblgs.org.

Following the service, interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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10 thoughts on “Eugene Edward Heinz”

  1. Please accept my condolences on your loss of Gene. I met Gene many years ago as the result of my relationship with Randy. The German Russian connection was obvious. I expect that he lived by the same motto I still live by and at which my children smile and nod their heads whenever I repeat it: “You kids keep saying that I am stubborn. I am NOT stubborn, I’m just right!” May Gene’s creator give him well-deserved peace, joy and a share in His glory! May He also give family and friends the strength to get up each day and move forward!

  2. Dear Renee,
    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I didn’t know him but I know he must have been a great man based on my reading of his obituary.
    I miss you and Brian and know that you will both weather this loss with the strength of your characters and love for each other.

    Philip Chapa

  3. My many years of working with Gene at the P.O. , and the coffee Tuesdays in retirement, will be fondly remembered. My condolences to his family.

  4. Memories of Gene from the coffee time and at the Billings Post Office are filled with thoughts of Gene’s excellent work ethic, his social curiosity about his fellow workers and retirees. I did thank Gene for some good Registered Mail training, and I am glad that Gene had a pretty high hole card when he finished his life.

  5. I worked with Gene at the USPS he came on as tough but he was a kind and very nice person my prayer are with the family

  6. Oh my, what a loss. I met Gene and Ann many years ago through their son Randy. We worked at Saint Vincent de Paul together, and so they started to volunteer. Of course I instantly fell in love with both Gene and Ann. Gene was a colorful character and always had a smile.
    You could see how much love he had for his family, friends and his faith. I always admired him. Gene you are missed so much already. And the mark you left on this life is remarkable. Be good my friend, and be free if the pain. Condolences to the family, Ann you have a strong family that will get you through this. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Randy thank you for bringing your folks into my life. God bless you.

  7. Ann, please accept my condolences on the passing of Gene. I knew Gene from work even though we worked different shifts. The last 12 years of Tuesday morning coffee I came to know him quite well and really enjoyed visiting with him. Gene was one that usually had to keep the conversation going. God bless you and your family.

  8. Caroline Monroe

    Ann, I am so sorry to hear that Gene has passed away. It is a very sad time for your and your family, but at least he isn’t suffering any more. He is in a lot better place than we are. I am praying for you and your family during this sad time. If you get back to Bismarck give me a call as I would love to see you again. I really enjoyed our visit when you were back here last time. Take care of yourself. May God bless you and your family.

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