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Hilton E. Heineke Jr.

September 24, 1927 June 19, 2014
Hilton E. Heineke Jr.
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Obituary for Hilton E. Heineke Jr.

Obituary for Colonel Hilton E. Heineke Jr. Hilton Edward (Bill) Heineke Jr. died suddenly at his home on Thursday, June 19th. He was 86. He was born on September 24, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA, the first son of Hilton and Emily (West) Heineke. They preceded him in death. Bill, his wife, Josie, and their three children moved to Vincennes in 1960. At the time, he was a captain in the US Army at Fort Knox, KY, and would have made that his career. The sudden passing of his father created an opportunity to make a better life for his family. Bill�s father was a career military officer and they lived in Hawaii, Illinois and Washington, among other posts, while Bill was growing up. Family home movies from the 1930s show ships at anchor in Pearl Harbor during a company baseball game when the family was stationed at Schofield Barracks. A graduate of Colgate University in upstate New York, Bill first joined the US Air Force, but later decided that the Army was for him. He married Josephine Duddy in Oneonta, NY, on September 8, 1951. After settling in Vincennes, where Bill was a representative for United Services Life, he continued his love for the military by joining the Indiana National Guard. He attained the rank of Colonel by the time of his retirement in the 1970s, and was affectionately known as �The Colonel� from then on. He was a longtime fixture at the Elks Country Club, where his weekend was complete if he could take a couple of quarters from neighbor Jim McCormick in a 50-cent Nassau game. He passed his love for golf to his children and could diagnose a swing problem over the telephone. He is survived by his sons Hilton (Toby) of Fishers, IN, Bill (Joanne) of River Forest, IL, and devoted daughter, Emily, who took special care of him after Josie passed away in November, 2009. He had five grandchildren and a great-grandchild is expected in December. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Heineke. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Tuesday June 24, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Ron Kreilein officiating. He will be laid to rest with his wife Josephine at a later date. The family will receive friends on Monday June 23, 2014 at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home from 4 to 7 PM and 1 hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the Wounded Warriors or the Vincennes YMCA.

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