Kenneth Heine, 1930-2017

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Memorial services for Kenneth L. Heine, 87, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Thursday  at Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake. The Rev. Peter Soli will officiate. Interment will be at Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local servicemen’s organizations. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Kenneth Heine

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Kenny died Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

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Kenneth Lee Heine was born on Feb. 4, 1930, in Albert Lea, to Fred and Bertha Heine. He grew up on a farm in rural Conger. From March 1950 to 1954, Kenny served in the Air Force during the Korean War, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He worked on B-29s as an electrician stationed in Shreveport, Louisiana, and North Africa.

After his military service, Kenny returned to Conger, where he took a position with the Conger Co-op Creamery. He served as the creamery manager from 1963 until his retirement in 1998.

He met Sandra Stoneking in 1962 and they married on Aug. 25, 1963. They flew to Breezy Point for their honeymoon in Kenny’s private plane. Kenny and Sandy lived most of their lives together in Conger, where they raised their three children, Linda, Carla and Scott. In 2013 they moved to Bancroft Estates in Albert Lea.

Kenny was active in his church and community. He was a lifetime member of Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake, where he served in church leadership. He served as mayor of Conger, was active in Conger Commercial Club and served many years as a volunteer fireman. Kenny was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Kenny loved sports. He pitched fastpitch softball for many years and was inducted into the Freeborn County Softball Hall of Fame. He and Sandy bowled in leagues for many years and Kenny loved being on the golf course. Kenny was also an avid fan of the Vikings and Twins. He enjoyed playing cards and going to dances. Kenny and Sandy enjoyed many vacation road trips and visited Hawaii, Mexico and wintered in Texas. Kenny was a supporter of the Freeborn County Relay for Life.

Kenny was proud of his children and enjoyed many years of special times with his many grandchildren. Kenny was grateful for his close friends. He enjoyed fishing, airplanes and World War II history.

Kenny is survived by his wife, Sandra; children Linda (Robert Docherty) Heine, Carla (Lucky) Long and Scott (Deanna) Heine; grandchildren, Lauren Docherty, Alex Docherty, Kyle Long, Haley Long, Mackenzie Long, Megan Heine, Tyler Heine, Fisher Engberg, Kade Engberg and Bridget Heine; sisters Marie Nelson, Lois Mortensen and Shirley (Larry) Peterson; brothers-in-law Ray Riemer, Virgil (Celia) Stoneking, Kendall (Michelle) Stoneking and Steve (Julie) Stoneking; sister-in-law, Marcia Stoneking; and many nieces and nephews.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Clarence Heine, Lawrence and Lucille Heine, Gerald and Lois Heine, Doris and Corwin Larson, Lorene and Leroy Behr, Julian Riemer, John Mortenson and Bud Nelson; and father- and mother-in-law Donald and Norma Stoneking.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.