Grover Heinz died at his home in Burns on Jan. 22 surrounded by his family.
Grover was the youngest of eight children born to John W. Heinz and Olive Parker Heinz. He was born in Crane May 27, 1919.
He attended school in Crane, graduating in 1940. While in school, he developed his love of football.
Grover enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served his country honorably, earning several medals including two bronze stars.
He met and married Mary Louise Wilhelm in 1947. The couple had two children, Barbara and George.
Grover was an avid sportsman, loving the outdoors. He had a great love of hunting, fishing and camping. He loved just about all outdoor activities, including gardening. He took great pride in his garden and working in his yard.
Grover worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company for about 35 years. Most of that time was spent working on the “Green Chain” and many other jobs.
After Grover’s wife died, he married Pearl Perry of Burns. The coupled lived in Burns; however, that marriage ended in divorce in April 2012.
Grover had a great love for his family and friends. He spent many hours playing cards or bingo or just plain visiting with his many friends from the senior citizen center.
Grover is survived by his daughter, Barbara Heinz of La Grande; son, George Sr. and wife Jeanne of Burns; grandchildren, George Heinz Jr. of Prineville and Amanda Lewellen and husband Jerry of Hines; great-grandchildren, Maegan Carpenter, Leslie Corn, Jessica Jones, Justin Lewellen and Keana Heinz; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and foster children, Elizabeth Devitt Lane of Ontario and John Devitt of Vale.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Stella Heinz; brothers, Roy, Marion, Bill, Arthur, Percy and Leslie; his wife of almost 50 years, Mary Louise; and numerous aunts and uncles including Chester Heinz.