NEOSHO RAPIDS, Kan. -- James George Heins, 75, Neosho Rapids, Kan., formerly of Upsala, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at Newman Hospital of Emporia, Kan.
He was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Rockford Township near Buffalo to Charles and Ethel (Dixon) Heins. He attended school in Buffalo and graduated in 1943. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 7, 1944, in Minneapolis and was discharged Aug. 12, 1946, at the Marine Separation Center in Great Lake, Ill. He served as corporal while in Iwo Jima and the Volcano Islands from Feb. 22, 1944, to March 16, 1945. He then served in the occupation of China from Dec. 19, 1945, to July 16, 1946. He married Shirlee Mae Johnson on March 20, 1948, in Minneapolis. He worked in Rockford, Ill., in 1965 as vice president of Sjostrom and Sons, Inc. He served as president of the Rockford Lutheran High School and was active as a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In 1973, they moved to Birmingham, Ala. He went into a partnership and operated EC Coston, Inc. He was active in the Lutheran churches in the Birmingham area. He retired and moved to Upsala with his wife in 1989. She died in 1999. He married Fern Lillestrand on Feb. 19, 2000, in Nashua, Iowa. They lived in Neosho Rapids. He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Upsala and was a member of Gideons International.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Bruce Heins, Rockton, Ill.; three daughters, Marsha Frommer, Rockton, Sharon Hudson, Birmingham, and Janice Burroughs, Springville, Ala.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six brothers, Ted Hiens, Buffalo, Jed Heins, Montrose, John Heins, Princeton, Ed Heins, Corkin, Owen Heins, Gillette, Wyo., and Chuck Heins, Aitkin; and a sister, Audrey Bistodeau, Aitkin.
His first wife, Shirlee; his parents; and a brother, Warren Heins, died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Upsala with the Rev. Leland Johnson officiating. Burial will be Monday in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at Shelley Funeral Chapel in the telephone annex building in Upsala, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Upsala.
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