John N. Heintz, age 85, passed away on July 4, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was born on December 8, 1933 to John P. and Barbara Heintz in Almena, Wisconsin.
John was a straight to the point kind of guy, which you either loved or hated but always respected. He always had a unique way of putting things and could take charge of a room in seconds. This characteristic served him well and was necessary throughout his career as a Navy officer on the USS Arneb, 25 year electrician and member of the Local 110 Union in St. Paul, 16 year Town of Star Prairie Chairman, 30 year Farmington Mutual Insurance Agent, Farmer, dad, grandpa and great grandpa. He was like gravity, everybody just kind of went to him for answers.
When not working, he enjoyed checking out garage sales and auctions, even though it was sometimes like work anyway. He was a natural deal maker, so this hobby fitted him perfectly and loved doing it. He also was an avid fisherman and would go any chance he could get. No boat necessary, fishing off shore or a dock was all he needed. Using older gear and equipment that nobody these days would even consider, he could nearly always catch his limit of sunnies and bluegills. If you needed a fishing report, he would be the guy to ask and, unlike most fishermen, he'd tell you the truth. Growing up a hunter as well, getting out to the woods was always a priority come November. Making deer drives and taking a track had been a lifelong passion both around home and up at "the shack" in Moose Junction. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, wind or bitter cold, he would be out there watching a swamp crossing or clear cut. Proud when he got a buck, even prouder if someone else did.
His love for family and friends was unquestionable. He always took time to listen and even though you might not like his response, you knew he had the best intentions in mind for you. Eager to help out any way he could, always put others in front of himself, he never wanted attention in any way even if it was well deserved. His focus and concern was always towards others. A natural at storytelling and an unbeatable memory, he could keep you engaged in conversation with ease. He had enough stories to last ten lifetimes. His voice will be dearly missed by all.
John was preceded in death by his parents; and beloved wife, Patricia. He is survived by children, Judith (Bill) Stecker, Nancy (Gary) Searle, Daniel (Diane) Heintz, Thomas Heintz, Mary (Kurt) Jorgensen, Richard (Renee) Heintz; grandchildren, Derek Stecker, Martin (Trini) Stecker, Nicholas Searle, David Searle, Michael (Cristy) Heintz, Molly (Clark) Dolch, Thomas (Lynsi) Heintz, Andrew Heintz, Katie Heintz (fianc Dave Sylte), Gina Jorgensen, Joe Jorgensen, Hannah Heintz, Nathan Heintz; greatgrandchildren, Knox Heintz, Lyla Heintz, Jaxx Sylte, Lennon Sylte, Emma Sylte, Jaxson Volk; sisters, Katie Gardner, Maggie Thomas, and Anna Malone.
Visitation on Tuesday July 9, 2019 from 4-7 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 at the Cullen Crea Funeral Home in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 PM on Wednesday July 10, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond, also visitation for one hour prior to Mass at the church.