A memorial service will celebrate the life of James “Jim” Arlin Heinen at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Blue Starr church of Christ. Friends may visit at the Rice Funeral Service at 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.
Jim passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the age of 74.
Born Nov. 16, 1938, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Leo G. and Zeda (DeLozier) Heinen, Jim graduated from Tulsa Webster High with the class of 1957. He served in the US Navy and flew phantom jets on the USS Kitty Hawk.
Jim earned an engineering degree from OSU, worked on pipelines and was an inventor. He settled in Talala, where he became mostly self-sustaining by raising cows, turkeys and chickens, as well as keeping bees and a vegetable garden. He volunteered atHopeHarbor, doing what he could to make a difference. He loved to sail, tinker with his cars, and was a trained scuba diver.
Survivors include his brother Pete Heinen and wife Jayne of Amarillo, Texas; his sister-in-law Kay Heinen of Talala; his beloved nieces and nephews Brenda Brown and husband Chet of Elko, Minnesota; Steve Heinen and wife Samantha of Tulsa; Dena Edwards and husband Aaron of Edmond; Dustin Heinen and wife Erin of Arlington, Texas; Danielle Meanor and husband Mike of Little Elm, Texas; and Hunter Heinen of Plano, Texas. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Tom Heinen and Larry Heinen.
Those who wish to honor Jim’s memory with a memorial contribution may do so by contributing to Hope Harbor, P.O. Box 1047, Claremore, 74018.