COAL TOWNSHIP — James "Jim" Heins, 69, of 1416 W. Mulberry St., passed away peacefully Monday, March 31, 2014, after being ill for the past six months.
He was born in Newark, N.J., Jan. 13, 1945, a son of the late James and Alma (Luberecki) Heins.
He was a 1962 graduate of Coal Township High School. He also attended St. Stephens School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball.
He served in the United States Air Force as an airman.
Jim worked for nearly 20 years as a crane operator for Milton Manufacturing, until the plant closed in 1990. He then worked another 17 years as a driver for Northumberland County Transportation before he retired in August 2011. He also drove an ambulance for the Fairview Fire Company in the '60s and '70s.
He was a member of the former St. Stephen Church, now Our Lady of Hope, Coal Township.
Jim was a third degree knight of Council 458 Knights of Columbus in Shamokin. He was also a member of the Fairview Gun Club, the former Fairview Fire Company and the Polish Cadets, all of Coal Township.
His hobbies included watching the Phillies, Eagles and Penn State football. He was an avid pool and dart player. He enjoyed playing cards at the Fairview Fire Company and Polish Cadets.
Jim is survived by a son, Mathew Heins, of Coal Township; a grandson, Ethan; a daughter, Melissa Smith and her husband, Michael, of Paxinos; five other grandchildren, Ryder, Camden, Mason, Tyson and Chloe Smith, and a sister, Cynthia Westermeier and her husband, John, of Reston, Va.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Jr., who died at birth.
HEINS — James "Jim" Heins, 69, of 1416 W. Mulberry St., Coal Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bear Gap. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday with a Christian vigil service at 6:30 p.m. and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin.