Walter Eduard Georg Heinecke was the eldest of seven children born to Rev. Louis and Agnes Heinecke. The following obituary appeared in an unknown Michigan newspaper shortly after his death:
Walter George Heinecke, 84, a resident of Utica since 1938, died Friday, Nov.
23, 2001, in Utica. He was born April 7, 1917, in Cheboygan.
Mr. Heinecke retired in 1987 after 42 years of service in the truck and bus division at General Motors Corp.
Active with a number of political and social causes, he served on the National Republican Congressional Committee, was a member of the Macomb County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, and participated in Social Security debates in 1991.
A lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, he served there as an usher and greeter, and helped trim Campbell Soup labels as a fund-raiser for Trinity Lutheran School. He served as a deacon from 1955-58, was a member of the Trinity Golden Circle, was active in the Bible class study and was a member of the Friday Flock. He served as a volunteer for the health ministry.
Mr. Heinecke was named as Senior Volunteer of the Year in 1987 for his participation in Michigan's "A Step Above" program.
He also was a supporter of Lutheran Bible Translators and Lutheran Child and Family Services of Michigan. He received a certificate of appreciation for helping hospitalized veterans for American personnel serving in the Persian Gulf War. He also received many awards for his work with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
He is survived by his siblings, Lois Bell of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Godfrey (Lyla (sic)) Heinecke of Destin, Fla., Elyse (Malcolm) Reynolds of Valparaiso, Ind., and Margaret (Dr. Ted) Eickhoff of Greenwood Village, Colo.; and sister-in-law Luise (sic) Heinecke of Elizabethtown, Ky. He was predeceased by his brother, the Rev. Paul Heinecke; and sister, Rhoda Pattison.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Trinity Lutheran Church, 45160 Van Dyke, Utica, with the Rev. Dr. Mark Hill officiating. Burial will be in Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia.