- May 5, 2013
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
of Thomas' Passing
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“Grandpa thank you for all of your wisdom, sayings, and quotes. They will never be forgotten and will all be dear to my heart. You were a role model...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Brandan Johnson - Auburn, CA
“My heart and prayers go out to the family and I know Uncle Tom is with brothers and parents. We all have many great memories to hold onto.
2 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Heiny - St. Augustine, FL
You were a wonderful man! I loved you deeply and my love for you will hold steadfast. To me you were more than a Grandpa, you were a wisdom...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Garrat Johnson - Auburn, CA
“To the Heiny family: Words cannot possibly express my sympathies sufficiently, but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you I'm so sorry I...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Cathy Hawkins
“I remember when Thomas Heiny sold my parents the house they still live in after some 40+ years
5 of 18 | Posted by: Brian Greulach
“I am so sorry about Tom's passing. My parents sure spent a lot of years with your family and I was happy to be included in many happy memories. Tom...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Molly Mochamer - Fort Wayne, IN
“Jorene and Family, My sincere condolences to you. Memories,Memories. We did it all, Lake, Florida, Swimming pool parties only to name a few. My...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jack Mochamer - Fort Wayne, IN
“I love you dad.... You were the best. Always..............................
8 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Heiny - Fort Wayne, IN
“Chris,Sorry for your loss.Dave Maher BLHS 72'
9 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Maher - Fort Wayne, IN
“I enjoyed the times we were able to spend together with the family at Grandma & Grandpa Heiny's. I know you are reunited with the family gone before...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Heiny - Boca Raton, FL
So very sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing that your Father is at peace and reunited with so many people from his past. May God's...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Jon Loomis - Fort Wayne, IN
“Very sorry to hear of your loss. Libby Heiny-Cogswell & Mom, Dorothy Heiny
12 of 18 | Posted by: Libby Heiny-Cogswell - Kalamazoo, MI
“I have nothing but fond memories of living next to Tom & Jorene.
13 of 18 | Posted by: Candy Cunningham - David - IN
“Kara- Sending love and light, to your family and you.
14 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Beach - San Diego, CA
“We are sorry for your loss...Our family Love and Prayers are for you Jorene, and family. Ez 18:33
15 of 18 | Posted by: Roger L Montgomery - Raytown, MO
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jorene and the Heiny family. We share many found memories of the reunion several Easters ago.
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jay Heiny - Oakland, NJ - nephew
“My deepest sympathy for you all. I have really enjoyed working with Tom, he was a dedicated man. Please accept my heart felt sorrow, and may God...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Larry Hickman - Fort Wayne, IN
“To Jorene, Kara, Dan, Marla, Chris, Scott,
Our family is so sorry to hear about Tom's passing. We have nothing but the fondest most fun memories of...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Liz Linder
Essay written by Thomas' daughter, Christine
My dad was my first hero. He could do anything. He took me aside when I was very young and set me on a course of reaching for the best in life. That teaching never deserted me no matter what I faced. Dad stressed character building and modeled a method of fairness that I thought was extraordinary. It so impressed me that I carried it into all my personal and professional dealings as a foundational model.
I always knew by dad's smile and looking into his eyes how much he loved us. Dad was so proud of all of us. Mom often said dad only sees the best of people even to his own disadvantage at times. That was so true and yet to us it spoke of hope and willingness to always look again and carry little regret that you did not give someone a chance.
Dad had a wonderful sense of humor and fostered that is us. Rarely could you talk with him and not see a twinkle in his eye. He loved to tell stories and jokes.
In these last few years dad aged with a lot of courage. He faced significant health challenges and limitations. And through it all, almost dying, and nursing home stays, he never failed to tell the world how wonderful mom is and he never failed to say thank you for the smallest courtesy or assistance. What a graceful way to live in a most challenging time. And he never failed to show his stubbornness to remind us he was still here.
Dad cared tremendously about the direction of the country and in the last few years wrote a book and numerous letters to the editor saying there is a better way. He was proud of his service in the Air Force and proud of his accomplishments in business. He always believed the success of any venture was based on a foundation of personal integrity and character.
Throughout his life, I watched dad go through many trials, disappointments and successes. There were not always good times by any means. Yet he never stopped reaching for God and God never stopped taking his hand. In his darkest moments, dad never stopped loving the best he could. God was a very real spiritual presence to him. And I am sure if dad were standing here now, he would say to his family "always remember my love. I know how much you loved me. And I know our love goes on. Care for each other. There is so much more to life than what too many of us settle for. Never lose your character, your faith, your truth, your ability to laugh, your ability to love. Life never stops being worth it. Keep your hand in God's and you will never lose your way. I know he would tell us without a doubt, God is real and he is with Him now.
These last few months I saw peace, love, humor, and the angels presence in dad's eyes. And though I could see that he was getting tired, I could also see that he knew where he was going. The best of who I am is because of what dad taught me. I could ask for no better father. God bless you dad. You will always be with us. We have heard your message.
Funeral Home Obituary
Thomas R. Heiny , 86, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013 at home.
Born in Fort Wayne, IN, he was a U S Army Air Corp WWII veteran, a B 17 flight engineer assigned to Project Ruby/ He was also a member of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club. One of three founders of Roth, Wehrley and Heiny Residential Real Estate Firm, Past President of Fort Wayne Board of Realtors, Past Vice President of the Indiana Association of Realtors District Three, Founder and President of Tom Heiny And Associates.
Surviving are his wife for 38 years, Jorene M. Heiny; children, Scott Hedeen of Dothan, AL, Christine Heiny of Fort Wayne, Kara (Dan) Johnson of Auburn, CA, Marla (Kevin) Umstead of Weare, NH and Daniel Heiny of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Brandan and Garrat Johnson brother, Richard Heiny of Los Angeles, CA.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Heiny, brothers, James, John and Eugene Heiny.
Funeral Service is Friday, 10:00 am, May 17, 2013 at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road with calling one hour prior. Rev. Dr. James R. Teasdale officiating. Calling will also be Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.
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