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Joseph F. Hein (1923 - 2013)

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Joseph F. Hein

Joseph "Joe" Hein of Stevens Point passed away Tuesday October 29th at St. Joseph hospital in Marshfield, ending a full life of 90 years.

Joe was born in Stevens Point to the late Joseph and Regina Hein October 8 1923.

He was the second of four children raised on Ellis street including older sister Betty (deceased) younger brother Don (deceased) and younger sister Leone (living).

Joe attended Saint Stephens's grade school graduating in 1937. He later attended PJ Jacobs's high school where, among other things, played center for the Point football team.

Throughout his childhood Joe loved mechanical devices and learned much from continually dismantling and rebuilding everything from engines to household appliances.

After high school he received vocational training at Central St. Tech College where as a project he designed and hand built a 5 horsepower motor scooter capable of 50 mph. In the spring of 1942 he began his schooling for what would become a highly successful 36 year career with General Motors by entering General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan. Joe began the five year college work /study program to become a mechanical engineer but was interrupted by the war and entered the Navy in May of 1944.

Joseph served for two and a half years as a radio technician Petty Officer. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946.

Following his time of service, Joseph returned to Flint and his GMI education. Prior to his graduation Joe met the love of his life, Audrey Woodkey, a registered nurse from Marshfield. They were married shortly after he attained a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. The service was held at St. Johns Catholic Church in Marshfield May 29, 1948.

Joe and Audrey "Woody" began their 65 years of life together by moving to Flint Michigan where Joe became a Junior Engineer at Chevrolet Motor division and Woody began working at Hurley hospital. During the years to come Joe quickly progressed in his career achieving Resident Engineer and Master Mechanic status. They began their family by raising two boys, Chuck born in 1950 and Ron in 1955. Joe's career continued to flourish as he was promoted to higher levels of engineering management. To further his management skills General Motors sent him to Harvard Graduate School of Business for an accelerated Management Development Program. His training further propelled him to Superintendent, Assistant Manager and finally General Superintendent Management status. In 1978 Joe retired from GM and he and Woody returned to Stevens Point.

Back in Point, Joe continued his active life managing apartment buildings, appraising antiques and opening Woody's Originals antique store. Later, the store was closed but the attendance at antique shows continued. In addition, Joe enjoyed woodworking, toy trains and travel.

Survivors include wife Audrey; sons, Chuck (Jodi) and Ron (Liz); grandchildren, Justin (Faith), Erin, Matt (Kendra), Sarah, Daniel and Laura (Mike). Great grandchildren include Dillon, Alice and Jackson.

A Funeral service, commemorating his life, will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Boston Funeral Home with Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating. A time of sharing memories will precede from 9:00 a.m. to the time of serve. His commemoration will conclude with military honors.

Online condolences may be made at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.

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Published in Stevens Point Journal on Oct. 31, 2013
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