David James Heinrich was born on Dec. 4, 1949 in Morris to Julius McDonald and Lillian Bernice (Waller) Heinrich. He was baptized and confirmed at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church in rural Donnelly. Dave graduated from Morris High School in 1967. On Nov. 29, 1968 Dave enlisted in the Army National Guard where he served for six years.
After he finished his basic training for the guards, Dave was united in marriage to Sharon Larson on Aug. 23, 1969 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wendell. The couple moved to Minneapolis where Dave worked at Sears Roebuck and Company for 12 years. During their years in Minneapolis, Dave and Sharon where blessed with two children, Jason born in 1971 and Amie born in 1975. The family moved to Alexandria in 1978 and Dave went to work for Lampert Building Center. In 1992, Dave started working as the custodian (or Maintenance Engineer as Dave would say) at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria where he has worked the past 17 years.
Dave was a member of the Alexandria Eagles, Sons of Norway, Viking Sportsman, Pheasants Forever, Minnesota Deer Hunting Association, and First Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, camping, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
Dave died on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at the Madison Hospital in Madison at the age of 59. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sharon of Alexandria; son, Jason (Karisa) Heinrich of Ashby; daughter, Amie (Billy) Wollin of New Prague; grandchildren, Ganon and Anissa Heinrich, Taylor Schultz and Rylee Wollin; mother, Lillian Heinrich of Donnelly; mother-in-law, G. Irene Larson of Alexandria; brother, Scott (Beth) Heinrich of Morris; sister, Karen Anderson of Alexandria; brother-in-law, Richard (Bonnie) Larson of Woodbury; and many nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his father, Julius Heinrich and father-in-law, Alfred Larson.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverends John Peshek, Greg Billberg, and Sherry Billberg officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Randy Morken, and soloists, Patrick Kalina and Paula Odland. Military honors will be provided by Alexandria American Legion Post 87 and VFW Post 936. Inurnment will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery rural Wendell. Honorary urn bearers are Michael Corkill-Bomgaars, Harold Kittelson, Roy Wicken, Steven Boushley, Rick Knutson, and Gordy Swanson.
Memorials are preferred to the First Lutheran Church Building Fund, Bus or Radio Ministry.
Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home of Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net