Wallace 'Bill' Benjamin Heinzen
Wallace "Bill" Benjamin Heinzen, 90, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Park Rapids and Duluth, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Grand Rapids.
He was born Nov. 21, 1917 in Minneapolis to Hubert and Margaret (Weber) Heinzen. He attended St. Ann's Catholic Elementary School and North High School, both schools in Minneapolis, graduating with the class of 1938.
He worked for several grocery stores in North Minneapolis delivering groceries.
On Oct. 25, 1941, he married Betty Hope Berggren.
In 1939, he started working with the ADT Co. installing fire and burglar alarm systems in a multi-state area for six years. In 1944, he began a career in law enforcement. He worked as a policeman for the city of Minneapolis Police Department.
Later in that same year, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served through the end of World War II. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to his job as a patrolman with the Minneapolis Police Department where he worked his way to the rank of lieutenant.
In 1958, the family moved to Moorhead where he owned and operated his own business until 1962. They then moved to the Park Rapids/Nevis area where they lived until 1965 at which time they moved to Duluth. He worked in retail sales until his retirement in 1982.
The couple retired to a home on Long Lake southeast of Park Rapids.
He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids and a lifetime member of the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Eagles Aerie 870. He was also a fourth degree Knight in the St. Michael Catholic Church Knights of Columbus in Duluth.
Surviving are his four daughters, Mary Schuda of Minneapolis, Karen (Jim) Etterman of Port Isabel, Texas, Barb (Ken) Bishman of Lake Havasu City, Ariz and Patty (Bryan) Sorensen of Brooklyn Park; five sons, Mike (Doris) of Moorhead, John (Nancy) of Fargo, N.D., Jim (Darlene) of Duluth, Daniel of New Jersey and Dave (Barb) of Grand Rapids; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grand- children; nieces; and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, in 1995; his daughter, Jane; his son, Mark; three sisters; and one brother.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids with Father Donald Krebs officiating. Music will be led by the St. Peters Alleluia Choir.
Interment: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Cemetery in Park Rapids.