Born:August 5, 1937

Passed Away:October 12, 2013

Location:Peoria, Arizona

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James Alvin Heinrich

James Alvin Heinrich

August 5, 1937 – October 12, 2013

James Alvin Heinrich of Sun City, Arizona passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the age of 76.  Jim was born on August 5, 1937 in Okeene, Oklahoma to Alvin Heinrich and Lucille Heinrich.  At the age of 10, he was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church by Pastor Lewis E. Lyman.  He served as a private in the Army and was sent to Korea at the end of the Korean War.
Jim worked in construction for most of his life.  He hung drywall, sprayed acoustic and texture, and built custom homes around Anchorage, Alaska and Lincoln, Nebraska.  Later he became a funeral home director.  He has lived in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, California, Alaska and Arizona in addition to serving in Korea for 13 months while in the Army.
Jim loved spending time with family and friends.  He could remember people’s birthdates, wedding dates, death dates, phone numbers & addresses like nobody else.  He liked telling stories and jokes, as well as pulling a few pranks.  He loved to help people, from helping people in car accidents to helping people fix things around the house.  He enjoyed teaching the Sabbath School lessons at his church too.
He enjoyed baseball, basketball and football.  Back in his prime he could hit a 90 – 100 mph fastball at the batting cages.  He loved flying, and old Chevy cars or trucks like the El Camino.  He enjoyed listening to Paul Harvey and Garrison Keillor, and watching the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Lawrence Welk, Hee-Haw and Barnaby Jones.  He loved listening to music by the Gaithers.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Bonnie Heinrich, his mother-in-law, Wilma Smith, who is almost 101 years old, of Peoria, AZ; his son Mike (Donna) Heinrich of Colorado Springs, CO; his son Barry (Annette) Heinrich of Valencia, CA; his son Brad (Shelly) Turner of Redlands, CA; and his son Brian (Shelly) Turner of Corona, CA.  He was preceded in death by his father Alvin (1989), his mother Lucille (1995), his father-in-law Kenneth Smith (1980), and his oldest son, Dale Heinrich (1986).
He is survived by five siblings, Gary (Betty) Heinrich of Keene, TX; Carolyn (Larry) Howerton of Keene, TX; Lance Heinrich of Enid, OK; Beth (Ron) Chapman of Columbia, MO; and Jo (Gary) Buchanan of Claremore, OK.  He was preceded in death by his sisters Janiece George (1985) & Sharon Bogue (2005).
He has 11 grandchildren who survive him, Bre, Crystal & Ashlee Heinrich, Brianne Jeske, Jennifer & Matthew Heinrich, Audrey & Jed Turner, Chris, Caitlyn & Cameron Turner.  He also had many cousins, nephews, nieces and other family members and friends who will miss him dearly.
The Memorial Service will take place at the Peoria-Sun City Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 13450 N. Plaza Del Rio Blvd, Peoria, AZ 85381 on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm.  The Burial will take place on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am at the Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona located at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Southwestern Adventist University.  Please specify that your gift is in memory of James A. Heinrich for the Dale Heinrich Music Scholarship.  Contributions can be made by mail – Office of University Advancement, PO Box 567, Keene, TX 76059 or online – .

Memorial Service

Sunday, October 20, 2013 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. 13450 N. Plaza Del Rio Blvd. Peoria, Arizona 85381 623-977-7990


Graveside Service

Monday, October 21, 2013 9:00 A.M.-9:30 A.M. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 N Cave Creek Road Phoenix, Arizona 85024


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3 Memories to “James Alvin Heinrich”

  1. Mike Heinrich says:

    My dad could be quite creative when it came to discipline. One time when he was supposed to give me the spanking that my mom decreed, “Wait till your father gets home!!!”, he had me put a pillow over my backside and asked me to cry out when the belt hit the pillow. It was a memorable spanking.

    Another time when I was supposed to get a spanking, he handed me his belt and said, I will take your spanking for you, you give me the spanking you were supposed to have. It really reminded me of what Christ has done for each of us. Another very memorable spanking.

  2. Evalena Heinrich says:

    I have wonderful memories of Jim. That is what we always called him when we was in Keene going to college. He was a wonderful person. It has really been sad but I know he is not suffering. Please give Bonnie our love. Our prayers are with you.

    Evalena Heinrich

  3. Shari George Lagemann says:

    Steve and I have the wonderful fortune of living in a home that Uncle Jim designed and built for us!! We built our home out in the country, land purchased with the money from the sale of Mom and Dad’s home in Lincoln (Wayne and Janiece George). That makes our place very special to us! Steve and I loved Jim’s laugh and his sense of humor. Heaven and eternity can’t come soon enough!!

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