Fred Heinze

Fred Heinze

Wednesday, January 24th, 1923 - Saturday, November 7th, 2020
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Fred "Fritz" Heinze passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at his residence, Brookdale Assisted Living Facility in Greeley, Colorado surrounded by his two sons and wonderful daughter in law who graciously cared for him in his later years.

Fritz was born on January 24, 1923 to Christian and Katherine Heinze in Gill, Colorado. He grew up with his brothers, Edward, Henry, and Benjamin and his three sisters Pauline, Lydia and Betty. The family farmed multiple properties moving to properties west of Windsor, Greeley, Gill and Severance. He graduated from grade school at Severance Elementary. After graduating 8th grade, he stayed home to help on the farm. The family would farm multiple properties in Ault, Fort Collins, and Windsor. Christian Heinze, his father became ill and passed on when Fritz was a teenager but the brothers continued farming together as a family.

Fred was drafted into the United States Navy at the age of 22. He was away from home for almost a year and a half and served our country during World War II on The USS White Plains on the Asiatic Pacific front. While in the Navy, he met a lifelong best friend Benny Gutfelder who, ironically was from LaSalle, Colorado. Fred was honorably discharged on June 15, 1946.

Once he was discharged and back home, he and his brothers and sisters would work tirelessly on the farm. Fred was never afraid to get up at 3:00 am to set or check water.

He began dating Genevieve Mae Winnick after both participated in a wedding – Fred was a groomsman, Genevieve was a bridesmaid. And from there, their relationship began. On September 19, 1952 the two wed and were full of love.

Fred and Jenny lived in Gill while attending church in Windsor almost every Sunday. Fred and Jenny went on to have two sons, Gary Fred on November 25, 1955 and Stanley Eugene on October 3, 1959. Fred and Jenny were also blessed with two Granddaughters, Tamara and Jaclyn, and two great grandchildren, Madalynn and James.

Fred enjoyed working cattle with his brothers, fishing with his brothers and sons, being with his family and collecting antiques. But one of his favorite things to collect were toy tractors. He loved fixing up the tractors and tinkering with them. Fred also enjoyed going to toy shows to find more of his toy tractors to fix up and display. Fritz even collected pens. He would collect one from every place he stopped and visited and within no time, he had two brief cases full of them. Fritz also liked to pass the time with coin collecting. He would search high and low for specific coins. Even when it was harder for him to read the dates on the coins, he invested in an incredibly bright lamp, that blinded the rest of us, to set to the left of his reclining chair and a massive magnifying glass. Later, those coins were placed into booklets that he then handed down with pride to his great grandchildren. Whenever Fritz took on a project or worked on the farm, he always had a strong work ethic. A trait he has handed down to his sons, granddaughters and great grandchildren. Gary mentioned in the past his Dad would always say, "We all work together, then we all play together." In other words, when there was work that needed to be done on the farm, it was a family driven effort. A driven type of work ethic that we all still put forth today.

Fred and Jenny enjoyed many things together. One of course being the family they created. They'd each give you the shirt off their back. And whenever you left their house, you left happy, full of love and full of contentment. Another thing Fritz enjoyed doing with his wife was to go on Sunday drives. They loved driving up to Wyoming together just to get an ice cream cone. Also, they loved their drives to find weekly garage sales or flea markets. After all, those places were where one could find antiques and collectibles. Out of everything Fritz collected, a close-knit family was by far his pride and joy and his most valuable piece of his life's collections.

Fritz is survived by his sister Betty Roberts, his sons Gary and Stan, his daughter in law Carol (wife of Stan), his grandchildren, their spouses and his great grandchildren.

We would like to invite everyone to Fritz's Memorial Service and Celebration of Life this coming spring. In his honor, we will all drink a Bud Light and/or a shot of Canadian Mist. Fritz believed a “sip a day” is what led to longevity of life!

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Ted and Kathy Ehrlich

Posted at 02:47pm
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you and yours. Uncle Fritz will be surely missed by all.

Elaine Winick

Posted at 04:05pm
So sorry for your loss. Tim, Elaine and Aldine Winick

Mike Eldridge

Posted at 09:39am
I send heart felt condolences to the entire family. Gary and Stan, I have many fond memories of your dad and the smile that he always carried and shared! May the memories provide you peace.

Mike Eldridge

Karen L Falconburg

Posted at 11:17pm
Stan, Carol, Gary and families, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Uncle Fritz. He and Aunt Jenny both were very special people in our lives. Not only wonderful godparents to me, but a source of love, laughs and hugs whenever we were together. Sending our prayers of comfort and condolences to you and your families.

Jeff and Karen Falconburg and family

Carol Heinze

Posted at 09:50am
The Sixth Broken Spoke

The sixth spoke in the wheel was broken today
When our brother, Fred passed away
He was the fifth born of a total of seven
And the sixth to make his way to heaven
A rejoicing journey and rendezvous
With our family members gone before

We will always remember him for his pride and honor
He took life in stride and did not waiver
He served his country during World War II
On the USS White Plains and sailed the ocean blue
And fought for our freedom valiantly

He raised his family with discipline and pride
Self-esteem and good faith to abide
His wisdom, understanding and encouragement
All the good qualities of a loving parent

He and his wife Jenny had two fine sons
And they gave them two granddaughters that won
Their hearts - but there was still room
For a great granddaughter and a great grandson

He will remain living in the hearts he touched
And those who love him so very much
Gary, Stan and Carol, and grandchildren
Sister, nieces and nephews too

So we say farewell to our beloved brother
Just as we have to so many others
For your journey here is at its end
May you rest in peace till we meet again

Betty Roberts

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