Claude Edward Heintz, 73, of Lakeview, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at Dublin Methodist Hospital in Dublin.
Claude was born on Feb. 8, 1941, near Jackson Center, to the late Claude O. and Ruth A. Thompson Heintz.
On Dec. 3, 1966, he married the former Sylvia “Peach” Carter, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 11, 2006.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carol Shaffer, three brothers, Paul, Roger and Loren and a brother-in-law, Jack Shaffer.
On July 29, 2012, he married the former Bonnie Cushman Schaefer, and she survives along with three daughters, Sandy Jo (Michael) Smith and Jodi (Andy) Hatfield, both of Lakeview; and Mona (Doug) Shepherd-Keith of Anderson, Tenn.; two sons, Jack (Kathy) Shepherd of Bellefontaine and Jon Heintz of Washington; two stepchildren, Mike Schaefer and Josie Hensel, both of Lakeview; 14 grandchildren, Lucille Smith; Josh Shepherd; Jessica Shepherd; Aaron Diener; Nova Mallary; Vince Plikerd Jr.; Marcus Plikerd; Christian Plikerd; Allen Hatfield; Jon Heintz Jr.; Evie Heintz; Jeanie Heintz; Tricia Heintz and Tabby Heintz; three stepgrandchildren, Scotty Schaefer; Becky Schaefer and Kristen Hensel; three sisters-in-law, Betty Heintz; Judy Heintz and Cora May Heintz; and several nieces and nephews.
Claude was a 1959 graduate of Jackson Center High School. He was a member of the Doyle R. Miller Amvets Post 39, FOE Aeries 3615, Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533, all of Lakeview, numerous chambers of commerce and Good Ol’ Boys Tractor Club.
Claude grew up on the Heintz Family Farm just outside of Jackson Center. There, he farmed and raced cart horses at the county fair with his brothers. Claude served four years in the Army National Guard.
He started his tool and die business in his garage then soon built a factory in Lakeview. He was President and CEO of United Tool and Machine for 40 years and just recently retired. Claude enjoyed golfing with his partner, Charlie, and was proud of his hole-in-one he scored at Prairie View Golf Course.
He enjoyed being with his family and friends, as well as fishing, boating, mushroom hunting, deer hunting, camping, smoking meats and building miniature tractors. We are all very proud of him and his fight with lung cancer. Claude has touched many lives and will always be in our hearts.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, the Rev. Harold W. Kist officiating.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire, with military honors provided by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be given in his name to the Doyle R. Miller Amvets Post #39, PO Box 501, Lakeview, OH, 43331.
Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview.
Condolences may be expressed at ShoffstallFuneralHome.com.