Lloyd Francis Heins, 80, of Dubuque, completed his journey on this earth after a brief battle with cancer, on Monday, November 19, 2012 at home.
Services will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11 am, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1870 St. Ambrose St. , with the Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 :00 to 8 :00 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3860 Asbury Road, where there will be a prayer service at 7:30 pm.
He was born on November 2, 1932, in Clinton, Iowa, son of Milton J. and Frances E. (Welsh) Heins.
He graduated from Loras Academy in 1951, and joined the United States Marine Corps with whom he proudly served for 3 years during the Korean Conflict. After his tour, he attended DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Ill. He married Patricia M. Nolan, January 15, 1955 and together they raised their five children. When he returned to Dubuque, Lloyd worked as a TV repairman until he was hired at John Deere Dubuque. He retired in 1986 after 27 years as a computer programmer/systems analyst, where he made many “Deere” friends. Those lasting friendships continue today. After retirement, Lloyd was employed at the former 1st National Bank as a courier.
Lloyd was a very faith filled, gentle man. He felt very strongly about pro life and the rights of the unborn. Lloyd was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 510. He was a longtime active parishioner and volunteer at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque. He attended daily mass until he was no longer able.
Lloyd deeply loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He shared in their joys and their sorrows. He was the #1 fan for each of them. If there was a sporting event, a concert, a rodeo, or even a recital, he was there. He was very proud of each and every one.
Lloyd will be remembered by many for his quiet demeanor, warm and contagious smile, and the loving way he lived his life. His most recent goal was to reach the age of 80 and because of his tremendous will to live he made it. Thanks for all the cards!
Lloyd is survived by his wife Pat; his children, Julie Heins (Craig) Reber and Mark (Kim) Heins of Dubuque, IA, Dan (Chris) Heins of Peosta, IA, Sue (Tim) Kelly of Dubuque, and Amy (Jim) Vesperman of Platteville, WI.; his grandchildren Kate Reber, Holly (James) Elliott, Heather Heins, Jacob(Jessica)Heins, Danielle(Jeremy)Daughetee, Nolan(Samantha)Heins, Adam, Jonathan and Luke Kelly, Gracie, Cora and Jesse Vesperman; his great grandchildren, Hannah and Carter Elliott, Ellie and Owen Daughetee, and another blessing to arrive in early spring; his sister Janet (Don) Holloway of La Porte, IND.; brothers and sister-in-laws Bill (Rosie) Nolan, Anita Kehoe, Betty (Fran) Libansky, Jody (Lynn) Vorbrich, Rick (Sharon) Nolan, and many relatives and friends who held a dear spot in his life.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, a brother David Heins, mother and father-in-law John and Frances (Clapham)Nolan and brother-in-law Jack Kehoe.
Lloyd’s family would like to thank Dr. Loukinen, Mary, Kim, and Jan for all the love and care they devoted to Lloyd over the years. And in his recent battle, thanks to Drs. Janes, R. Stille, Schultheis, Gordon and all the staff of Mercy ICU, CVU, RC, OR, and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Sherry, for their kindness, compassion and willing ways to help Lloyd at the end of his journey with us.
In lieu of flowers a Lloyd Heins memorial fund has been established.
On line condolences may be left for the family at www.hoffmannschneiderfuneralhomes.com