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Donald R. Heinlein

February 3, 1942 ~ February 7, 2019 (age 77)

Donald R. Heinlein

Merrill, Michigan


     Donald passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019 peacefully at his home with his family by his side, age 77.  He was born February 3, 1942 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to the late Ralph and Donna (Snyder) Heinlein.  Donald married Linda J. Rhode on January 23, 1965 and she survives him.  He retired from Bierlein Companies, Inc. after several years as a truck driver.  He enjoyed deer hunting, working in his yard, camping, fishing and most importantly spending time with his family. 

         Donald is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Linda, his children: Lori (Orbin) Banks, William (Lynda) Heinlein, Lisa (Mark) Lindauer, Michele (Robert) Schwind and Tammy Stevens and her significant other Dale Eastman, grandchildren: Luke (Angela) Heinlein, Nicole (Christopher) Cusic, Haley Heinlein, Christopher Ovalle, Josh (Rachelle) Ovalle, Desiree (fiancé Carlos) Ovalle, Zachary (fiancée Amy) Hodges, David Hodges, Melissa Stevens, Caitlin Stevens and Amanda Eastman, several great grandchildren and two brother, Tom and Randy Heinlein.  Donald was predeceased by his parents Ralph Heinlein and Donna Heinlein-Lynch and one sister Connie Heintskill.

     Linda and her family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Heartland Hospice staff, especially Nicole, Shawn and Mary for taking such good care of Don.

     Per Donald’s request, cremation will take place.  Friends and family will gather Monday, February 11, 2019 at Squires Funeral Home, 211 N. Henry Street, Bay City, MI 48706 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Heartland Hospice.

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