Donald Heinzen, of Antigo, died Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Rennes Health & Rehabilitation in Weston. He was 89 years old. He was born on October 13, 1928, in Phlox, a son of Joseph and Colletta (Menting) Heinzen. He married Audrey Leiskau on September 27, 1958, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood. She preceded him in death on December 29, 2015.
He graduated from St. Joseph Grade School in Phlox and Mattoon High school with the class of 1946.
He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
A master plumber, he owned and operated Heinzen Plumbing and Heating for 44 years, retiring in 2000.
Don was involved with the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Green Bay, World Mission Services supplying water systems to third world countries. He also believed in supporting his community and aided in the development of the Heinzen Pavilion in Antigo.
He was a member of St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church in Phlox, Past Commander and Finance Officer of the Devine-Menting American Legion Post #525, Phlox, the Msgr. Conrad Saile Knights of Columbus Council 1002, Antigo. He was Past President of the Langlade County 4-H Leaders Association, Coached Little League baseball in Phlox for 12 years, enjoyed fishing, hunting, four wheeling and planting evergreen and hardwood trees.
Survivors include five daughters, Beth Heinzen, Howard, Doris (Jeff) Waldvogel, New London, Carla (Garth) Gerstenberger, Tomahawk, Lori (Joe) Bansemer, Waterford, Krina (Randy) Fenske, Eau Claire; two Sons, Kenneth (Linda) Heinzen, Schofield, Thomas (Nikki) Heinzen, Antigo; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Kuhr, Phlox; a brother, Benedict (Ellen) Heinzen, Phoenix, Arizona; two sisters-in-law, Audrey Heinzen, Deerbrook, Juanita Heinzen, Washington.
In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Joyce (Claude) Gauthier, Delores (George) Krall, Jeannette (Ed) Sippl, Marie (Larry) Mendl; three brothers, Gerald (Margarette) Heinzen, Richard and Clinton Heinzen; a brother-in-law, George Kuhr.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday May 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Hoffmann and Deacon Tom Hartman officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery where the Devine-Menting American Legion Post will conduct military honors.
Visitation will be 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Bradley Funeral Home and 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
A parish wake service led by Deacon Tony DeBroux, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.