Paul Heine, 62, of Vermillion, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 in his home after a battle with cancer.
Paul was born Dec. 9, 1948 in Yankton, to Leonard and Mary (Wieseler) Heine. He attended school in St. Helena, NE, and graduated from Cedar Catholic in Hartington, NE. Following graduation he joined the Navy, serving during the Vietnam War.
Paul married Mary Jane Tramp on April 22, 1972 in Menominee, NE. He spent most of his life farming the land he loved in the Vermillion area. Though farming was his passion, his entrepreneurial spirit took him down many other paths including residential development.
While his hobbies in life included cooking, grilling, John Deere tractor restoration, hunting and playing cards; his true passion was his family. There has never been a father more adored by his children and son-in-laws. Those who knew him well would say his best qualities were his loyalty, work ethic and sense of humor. He was also well known for his integrity and character.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of Vermillion; a son, Michael, also of Vermillion; three daughters, Tessa (Dale) Erdei of Winnetka, IL, Jill (John) Showers of Broomfield, CO and Heather (Collin) Prosser of Vermillion; as well as eight grandchildren. He is also survived by five brothers, Francis "Bud" (Doris) Heine and Daniel Heine all of Vermillion, Myron (Caroline) Heine of St. Helena, NE, Donovan (Darlene) Wieseler of MN and Gary (Doreen) Wieseler of CA. And also six sisters, Geri (Bill) Remmes of Vermillion, Mary Lou Heine and Joyce McMahon both of Eudora, KS, Lois (Lee) Lammers of Hartington, NE, Lynette (Denny) Hochstein of Omaha, NE, and Michelle (Don) Becker of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Phyllis Singer.
Funeral mass was held Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, with burial following in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 with a rosary at 7 p.m. followed by a prayer service all at the church. hansenfuneralhome.com.