Eugene "Gene" A. Heintz, July 4, 1930 - June 24, 2020

Eugene "Gene" A. Heintz
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 Eugene “Gene” Arthur Heintz of Eau Claire, Wisconsin passed away on Wednesday June 24, 2020, at the age of 89. After weeks of declining health, Gene died peacefully at home with his beloved wife Marion Heintz. 

Gene was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin on July 4th 1930 to father John Henry Heintz and Mable Louise (Grutt) Heintz. The eldest of two sons, he spent much of his childhood in many different schools, due to his fathers’ job as a bank representative while helping farmers. While in high school, he started working at Huntsinger Farms picking strawberries and bottling horseradish. Little did he know at the time, that’s where he would work for over 55 years and influencing many of his employees. After high school on August 26th 1950, he married “the love of his life” Marion Spehle. After having six children, Gene certainly kept busy at Huntsinger Farms clearing land, digging drainage ditches and running farm equipment. In 1964, he was promoted to farm manager where he had a knack for getting his employees to work hard and enjoy their jobs. His work was always his number one priority before retiring in July 2002. 

Gene and Marion traveled throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and also took a cruise to Alaska. 

He loved wearing his brown jersey gloves and hats.  Gene also enjoyed anything John Deere, fishing trips to Canada, snowmobiling, hunting near his cabin on Middle Eau Claire Lake and also sitting at home in his underwear (regardless who visited). He was known for many different sayings, including, “Well Jesus Christ and General Jackson” and “Couldn’t be finer then hair on a frog.” 

Gene is survived by his wife Marion (Spehle) Heintz, sons Donald (Barb), James, Richard (Cindy), Robert (Sally), Steven (Cyndy) and daughter Kathy (Charlie), along with brother Dale Heintz, twelve grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren. 

A private ceremony will be held July 3rd 2020.  Gene will be laid to rest at the Brunswick cemetery in the town of Brunswick. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Joanne & Rich Palzkill July 1, 2020

    Thinking of you all at this time, love and prayers to the entire family.

  2. jeffery m kopp June 30, 2020

    our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. i always enjoyed working for Gene and later selling him John Equipment. always felt like family as i spent many hours with your family. thanks jeff and cindy kopp

  3. Karen Levasseur (Wik) June 28, 2020

    Thinking of you all and sending my love. He was one of the influences is my life. As well as you Marion. Hugs

  4. Amy Moldenhauer June 28, 2020

    Dick, so sorry to hear of your Dads’s passing. I sure enjoyed working with him when he came into the office and he certainly passed on his traits to you! I hope your retirement is great but sure miss working with you.

  5. Christine Webb June 27, 2020

    I am sorry for your loss. Gene was a gentleman and always kind. I know his family, friends and community will miss him.

  6. Steve & Mary Unseth June 27, 2020

    So sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. Such a great man and a wonderful family. Our prayers are with you.
    Steve & Mary Unseth

  7. Karen Spehle-Bacik June 27, 2020

    Thinking of all of you and sending condolences!

  8. Kim Nordland June 26, 2020

    So saddened to hear of Gene's passing and I am thinking about all of you and your family during this very difficult time.

  9. Bill Spehle family June 26, 2020

    Peace and comfort be with the family at this difficult time.

  10. Pam Schuh Scott June 25, 2020

    You have my deepest sympathy for your loss, Gene was a great man, may all of your memories bring you peace at this difficult time

  11. Ric Kopp June 25, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Genes passing. He taught me so much and was a great inspiration to me. All my deepest sympathy and condolences to the whole family.

    Ric and Jackie Kopp