Harold Heinz

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Heinz, Dr. Harold "Hap' Nicholas

Dr. Harold "Hap" Nicholas Heinz was born January 29, 1921, in Naperville Ill. He lived his early years in Aurora, Ill., enrolling at Beloit College from 1939 to 1943 and then served in the Army 1943-1946. He graduated Marquette Medical School in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1946, and then married Mary Lou Pfarr of Whitefish Bay, Wis. He joined the Kohler Company as the company physician and personal physician to the Kohler family from 1948 to 1953. He was then recalled to serve in the Air Force during the Korea conflict discharging as a Captain in 1955. He returned to Sheboygan to set up a private medical practice, with offices on 8th Street, Michigan Ave, and his Family Medical Practice on N. 8th St.

He retired from practice in 1981, moving to the East Phoenix, AZ area. He passed August 30, 2012, at 91, at home, in peace, from pancreatic cancer. His wish for a rapid passing was mercifully granted by our Lord.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years Mary Lou Heinz of Tempe, Ariz.; sons, Steven J. Heinz, Denver,Colo.; Richard L. Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; daughter, Lisa T. (Heinz) Yoder, Gilbert, Ariz.; and was preceded in death by son, Lawrence Nicholas Heinz in 1975.

A man of many interests and capacities, he served as Chief of Staff at both St. Nicholas and Memorial Hospitals while in private practice. As both a Physician and Surgeon he touched the lives of countless residents of Sheboygan County . The last of a breed of doctors who delivered his patients' babies, and made house calls in raging snow storms and arrived with his little black bag.

Fond of cars, he owned and worked on a number of collectables and could be seen driving about in one of his favorite old convertibles. A member of the Sheboygan Yacht Club, he enjoyed owning small boats both sail and power, crewing on larger sailboats, wood working, recreational vehicles and traveled with Mary Lou throughout the US. He enjoyed problem solving, conservative values and causes, people of character and integrity. He possessed a good sense of humor hence the nick name "Happy" or HAP for short.

A funeral Mass will be held September 7, 2012, at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Tempe, Ariz.

Published in Sheboygan Press on Sept. 6, 2012
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