Jimmy "Jim" Dean Hein
12 October, 1941 – 13 February, 2021
Jimmy “Jim” Dean Hein, 79, of Davenport, IA, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center. Jim put safety first, and after contracting COVID last fall, his service will be with immediate family only followed by an Iowa Patrol Honor Guard interment at Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials and condolences directed to the family may be sent to Weerts Funeral Home (3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, IA 52807) to be forwarded to Carol. Online condolences may be expressed at www.weertsfh.com
Jim Hein was born October 12, 1941, in Fremont, NE to Lester and Jean (Chilcoat) Hein. In 1949, his family left the farm and moved to Crete, NE, where he graduated high school in 1959.
Jim was active in Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Eventually he became an Explorer Post Advisor for his own Explorer Troop in Davenport.
He married his wife Carol Sue Vinzant on September 7, 1963, in Bettendorf, IA. They have been married over 57 years.
In 1966, he joined the Iowa State Patrol and was assigned to Waverly, IA. In 1978, he was promoted to Sergeant in Atlantic. In 1983, he was promoted to Lieutenant in Cherokee where he retired after 31 years of service. During his career, he taught courses at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, and started the Chaplain program to assist with trooper support. Jim was extremely proud to be a state trooper. He was also a lifelong member of the NRA, and he loved spending time at the range.
Jim was very talented with his hands and had woodworking and leather workshops making gifts for friends and family. After retiring, he co-owned a golf store in Cherokee and was certified to make custom golf clubs. In his free time, Jim also enjoyed eagle watching on the Mississippi River at Credit Island.
Whenever possible, he loved to travel with Carol and spend time with his extended family. Jim spent many summers at their family cabin in Minnesota teaching the kids to fish and enjoy the outdoors. Highlights were their trip to Hawaii, an Alaskan cruise and their 50th anniversary in Folly Beach, South Carolina with their kids and grandchildren. His most memorable experience was a two-day guest cruise aboard the USS Alabama - a U.S. Navy submarine his son served on as a nuclear engineering officer.
Jim and Carol returned to Davenport in 2011 to be closer to family. They have three children: Kimberly Dawn Hein Hutzell of Spartanburg, SC; Jason Dean and Carol Hein of Colorado Springs, CO; and Kristin Dana Hein and Michael Lizak of Davenport. They are blessed with eight grandchildren: Makayla, Amber and Kaleb (Kimberly); Jacob, Tyler, and Lucas (Jason); and Benjamin and Samuel (Kristin); and two great grandchildren Natalie (Amber) and Blaze (Makayla).
He is also survived by two sisters: Anita Hegland (Richard) of Bettendorf and Linda Faust (Greg) of Charlottesville, VA and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an older sister Carol Ann.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Jimmy "Jim" Dean Hein
29 March 2021
Jim was the first person I met at First Church of Christ in Cherokee, I told him I was homeless with 4 children and a puppy. He said he would ask around & invited us to church that 5th Sunday evening in July of 2007. Within 24 hours, we had a home and furniture thanks to Jim & his amazing wife Carol.
I never stopped thinking about them.
Carol, I am so sorry for your loss, Jim was like a big ole Teddy Bear, such a Wonderful Man.
My heart is saddened for you. Sending hugs
Love Pattysue, Haylee, Cody & Strody
23 February 2021
Carol,Kim,Jason,Kristin and family our deepest sympathy and prayers to all at the loss of a great man and friend to all.
chuck Joanne Clark
20 February 2021
Our prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Jim.Chuck and Joanne Clark
19 February 2021
Jim faithfully served his church family, but he always did so with love for each person in our body. He was generous and kind. His bold huge laugh still fills my heart. My children loved him like a grandpa. His teasing would make them laugh and tease him right back. He was a blessing and I know heaven rejoiced when he made it home at last.
18 February 2021
Jim was more then a good friend to me. He was a blessing from God. Jim had a keen insight into when someone was in need. His kindness and compassion was always there for everyone. Jim was a wonderful godly man who could be trusted and depended on for truth. Another gift was his sense of humor. I loved his laugh and smiling face. I always looked forward to seeing this part of Jim when I visited Jim and Carol. He will be greatly missed.
17 February 2021
Uncle Jim was a very strong man. I don’t just mean physically, as a kid growing up— he was huge—, he had this side of him that for a big man was soft and cuddle like. As kids my brother (Bob) and I didn’t get to see uncle Jim but a couple times a year ( living across state), however; when we knew the family was coming we practiced on our hand shake.. you see, uncle hand a concrete hand shake that created a challenge to my brother and I. We had to win! Sorry to say, even when we got older we never could. He taught us a lot when we saw each other, he would just sit and talk to us kids like he was a kid himself. I have a lot of respect for you uncle jim, Sorry I wasn’t around more. Please forgive me for that, I love you!
17 February 2021
I metJim when I worked for the Iowa Dept of Transportation. He had been at the scß doc an accident my daughter had been involved in . Because she was crying he had given her a handkerchief wich she proceeded to wash and iron and gave it to me and asked me to return it for her. See said he was the nicest trooper she had ever met. Because I had been a Justice of the Peace she had met a lot of them. Jim and another Sgt. stopped at the DOT to fill their patrol cars and I asked Jim to step into the office when he was through. When I handed him the handkerchief he said "No one ever returns them let alone washed and ironed. A few months later I was hired as a dispatcher at the station in Atlantic and worked with him until his promotion to Lt. In Cherokee. In the meantime I had become friends with Carol, Kim ,Jason and Kirsten.
16 February 2021
I was honored to serve as Jim’s minister in Cherokee and to serve with Jim as one of his first Chaplains for the Iowa State Patrol. Jim loved his wife, Carol, his children, and his community. In addition to being my friend , Jim served as a leader with the church and the Iowa State Patrol and took both roles seriously. I will always be thankful for Jim asking me to be a Chaplain in Law Enforcement. Saundra and I are praying for Carol, Kim, Jason, Kristen, and their family. I know Jim is in the presence of the Lord whom he served.
16 February 2021
I had the pleasure of working for and with Kim Hutzell in Greenville, SC. She often talked about her family and the love she has for each of them. She often shared the love she had for her dad.
I pray the love and peace of God comforts you all during this time.