Gary D. Heins, 76, of Hiawatha, Iowa, formerly of Center Point, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. with the Rosary to begin at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Hiawatha. Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at the church, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are made by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Center Point.
Gary was born June 12, 1942, in Walker, Iowa, the son of Dale and Pauline (Barry) Heins. He graduated from Center Point High School and continued his education in barber school. Gary married Mary E. Watson on Dec. 11, 1999, in Walker, Iowa. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the American Legion Post 264 in Urbana. Gary also was a volunteer firefighter and councilman for the city of Center Point.
Gary was adventurous. He never knew a stranger and always was ready to tell a story. He drove a bus as a young man and he was a barber for more than 50 years. Gary delivered The Gazette for 27 years, and that inspired his entrepreneurial spirit to start Heins Trucking. He was an enthusiastic friend of public health. Gary also enjoyed the outdoors and he had a passion for training and showing hunting dogs. One of his fondest accomplishments was being an instrumental part in securing the funding for the Frost Park soccer and baseball field expansion in Center Point.
Gary is survived by his wife, Mary Heins; daughter, Toni Heins; stepsons, Shane (Aubury) Dodge and Ryan (Kelly) Dodge; grandchildren, Reece and Mya Dodge, Jadon (fiancee Jessie Walsh), Jensen and Jamisen Dodge; brother-in-law, Bill Hatch; several nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Shawn Heins; and sister, Judy Hatch.
Memorials may be directed to the Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.
Please share a memory of Gary at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.