Dr. Charles D. ""Chuck"" Heinze

 

 Dr. Charles David Heinze

 

Dr. Charles “Chuck” D. Heinze, age 92, of Erie, formerly of West Lafayette, IN, Hot Springs Village, AR, Stillwater, OK, Pocahontas, IA, and Manhattan, KS, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Sarah A. Reed Retirement Ctr. in Erie, PA. Charles was born in Wilson, KS on April 26, 1925, the son of the late Fred Charles Heinze and Ethel May (Hanly) Heinze.

Chuck graduated from Salina High School, Salina, KS and was in the US Army as a paratrooper during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1953. His work history included: veterinary farm practice in Pocahontas, IA (1953-58), Veterinary School Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (1958-61), Associate Professor at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN (1961-67), private equine practice in W. Lafayette, IN (1967-90), author/co-author of more than 50 scientific articles on equine surgery and treatment, retired in 1990.

Charles was Section Officer and Honor Roll Member of the American Medical Veterinary Medical Association, 1967 founder and General Chairman of the Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners (1967-90), 1982 was President of the Thoroughbred Association of Indiana, Executive Board of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Trotting Association, Indiana Trotting and Pacing Horse Association, a Life member of the American Legion (former Commander 1956 Pocahontas, IA, 1999 and 2001 in Hot Springs Village, AR), Masonic Lodge (Master in W. Lafayette, IN 1990), Kiwanis International (Pres;1976 W. Lafayette, IN, 2003 Hot Springs Village, AR), Woodlands Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs Village, AR (past Deacon).

In 1962 Charles was awarded at Purdue University the Society of Psi Zeta, 1984 Gamma Sigma Delta Alumni membership, 1996 Indiana Masonic Grand Lodge Gold Award, 2001 the Kiwanis International George F. Hixon Award in Hot Springs Village, AR, 2002 the American Legion Honor Award.

Chuck enjoyed numerous volunteer work, traveling/sightseeing, dancing, fishing, boating, and downhill skiing.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Maxine Helen (Russell) Heinze.

He is survived by his children: Korryn Fairman (Randall) of Hot Springs, AR, David Heinze (Lisa) of Elburn, IL, Theresa Fryer (Marshall) of Erie, PA, his grandchildren: Chad Heinze, Cameron Heinze, Marisa Fryer, Michael Fairman (step-grandson), step great-grandchildren; Jack Fairman and Elizabeth Fairman, one sister Catherine (Heinze) White.

There will be a private family ceremony to celebrate his life at a later time. The Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. 4216 Sterrettania Rd., Erie, PA 16506 was in charge of local arrangements.