Fred Heinz


December 21, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Frederick Heinz, age 79, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at Windsor Place, Iola. Fred was born April 4, 1939, in rural Geneva, to Elton and Mary Heinz.

Fred attended school at Rock Creek, Gas, and Iola. Fred and Patricia M. Ansell were married on Aug. 13, 1956, in Hernando, Miss.

In 1964, Fred loaded his family and they headed to Alaska, where they made their home for over 50 years. They often made trips from Alaska to Kansas to visit family and friends until two years ago when Fred’s health declined and prevented him from making the trips. In 2016, Fred and Pat moved back to Kansas.

Fred worked seven years for General Motors in Kansas City and Nelson Brothers Quarries in LaHarpe, prior to moving to Alaska. In Alaska, he worked numerous jobs including surveying, mechanic, water well drilling, and fuel and lumber hauling. Fred owned and operated school buses, service station, lodge, and a trucking company.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, William Heinz and Fred E. Heinz; one daughter-in-law, Janet Heinz; and one brother, Michael Heinz.

Fred is survived by his wife, Pat, of 62 years, Iola; one son, Mark Heinz, Gakona, Alaska; granddaughter, Heather Heinz, Wasilla, Alaska; and sister, Janet Heinz, Peculiar, Mo.

A memorial service honoring Fred’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, Iola. A private family inurnment will be held at a later time.

Memorials are suggested to Kindred Hospice, and may be left with Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Iola, Kansas.

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