Nicholas L. Heiny

May 5, 1914January 18, 2011

Nicholas (Nick) Lawrence Heiny, 96, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011, after a brief illness. Nick was born May 5, 1914, in Ft. Wayne, IN, the eldest child of Stella and Lawrence E. Heiny. In his early years, he helped his father in the grocery business started by his grandfather. He graduated from South Side High School in 1932, at the peak of the Great Depression. He attended Anthony Wayne Business College, Ft. Wayne, and Gregg College Chicago, and was a Court Reporter for the 1934 Allen County Grand Jury. In 1935, he began a career with General Cable Corporation, New York, and rose to Chief Statistician. Prior to and during World War II, he managed General Cable’s wartime contracts, allocating scarce metals and vital materials to 8 manufacturing plants operating 24/7, and was the liaison to the War Production Board and other government agencies in Washington. The firm received notable achievement awards from all branches of the military. While at General Cable, Nick earned a B. S. degree in Commerce, Accounts and Finance from New York University, graduating in 1941. In 1943, at age 29, he was named to an executive Board of Directors, charged with planning for the company’s transition to a post-war economy.

Nick returned to Ft. Wayne in 1945 and took over management of the family gourmet food market with his brothers Joseph and Robert Heiny. He took pride in his business and knew most of his customers personally. With the grocery business as his second career, he settled down and married Dorothy Callahan in 1946. Nick and Dorothy raised nine children, and instilled in all the importance of education and faith. One of Nick’s greatest sources of pride was seeing all nine children earn college and post-graduate degrees.

Nick sold Heiny’s Grocery in 1981 to retire and began a third career as an energetic community volunteer. He was a certified volunteer IRS income tax preparer for AARP from 1983 to 2005; an alternate delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, an Older Hoosier Delegate to the Indiana State Assembly; a delegate to the National Silver Haired Congress at the Capitol; a member of the Mayor’s Senior Advisory Council, an active board member for Aging and In-Home Services of N.E. Indiana, the Allen County Council on Aging, the Council on Senior Services, the Allen County Genealogical society and other agencies. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from South Side High School, was named an Allen County Older Hoosier of the Year, and was honored by the Allen County Council on Aging for his dedication to seniors of Allen County. He was a member of St. John The Baptist parish for 58 years, where he served as usher, member of the Parish Pastoral Council, and the parish finance committee. Nick loved gardening, traveling and genealogical research, and authored a number of books on his family history.

Survivors include, his wife of 64 years, Dorothy M., of Ft Wayne; children, Paul N. (Rose) Heiny, of Springboro, OH, Judith A. (Piotr) Heiny-Chomczynski, of Cincinnati, OH, Mary E. (Carl) Kowalski, of Long Beach, IN, Vincent J. (Ellen) Heiny, of Ft Wayne, Rosalie A. Jarvis, of Indianapolis, IN, Edward J. (Grace Han) Heiny, of Louisville, KY, Elizabeth A. Heiny-Cogswell, of Kalamazoo, MI, Martin J. (Debora) Heiny, of Ft. Wayne and Charles J. (Ann) Heiny, of Ft Wayne; 23 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Heiny, of Ft Wayne and sister Victora Fahey, of Glenview, IL; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings Joseph, Lawrence and Rosemary Heiny Bucklin, and great-grandchild Dominic Kowalski.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 am Monday, January 24, 2011 at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4500 Fairfield Ave. with calling 1 hr prior. Visitation is 1-3 and 5-7 pm Sunday at Klaehn, Fahl and Melton, Winchester Rd Chapel, 6424 Winchester Rd. with a Vigil service at 5 pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Masses at St John's or St Mary's Soup Kitchen.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 24, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, January 23, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, January 23, 2011
  • Visitation Monday, January 24, 2011

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October 15, 2011

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Kimberly Scheidemantle Houvener

February 13, 2011

My deepest sympathy from the Clemmer, Scheidemantle and Houvener families. You are in our prayers.

I have been working on the family Genealogy for years. I wished I could of spoke to you sooner. I am truely sorry for this horible loss.
Kimberly Scheidemantle Houvener

moira taylor

February 2, 2011

To Dorothy and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, he was a wonderful man,and were so glad we met in Norway on a tour
Moira and Noel Taylor Sydney Australia

January 28, 2011

Paul, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

Derrick Jackson

Todd and Amanda Wiley

January 28, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Stan & Jeri Charles

January 28, 2011

Vince, Charlie, and the Heiny family. Jeri and I would like to extend our condolences and sympathy on your loss.

Richard Heiny

January 24, 2011

The Nicholas Heiny Family,

May God bless all of you as well as the passing of my loving and greatly respected cousin Nicholas. It's guys like Nicholas that have made me proud to be a Heiny.
Fond Memories always,
Orla and Richard Heiny

Donna Moran

January 24, 2011

Paul, Vince, Martin,and the Heiny Family,
The Oliver and Martin Lakes Conservation and Improvment Association extends our deepest sympathy to you and your families in your loss.

Ann Heiny Long

January 24, 2011

Dearest Aunt Doey and family,
Sending each of you my deepest sympathy online since I cannot personally be with you right now at Uncle Nick's funeral, but am with you in my thoughts and prayers while in Siesta Key, FL for the winter. (FYI: my Mass and Rosary yesterday were offered for his soul.)
Uncle Nick was not just a fantastic older brother to my dad, he was the family historian with a great memory for details and it was pure entertainment listening to his many stories or gardening tips. During the past 15 years after I returned to Fort Wayne, I came to appreciate him very much whether attending a casual dinner or birthday celebrations, and family reunions or even funerals. How fortunate there were so many of those occasions! By the way, wanted my "kin folk" to know that I got some Heineken last Tuesday evening and have toasted one nightly to the very wonderful man, dad, and grandfather that Uncle Nick is/was to ya'll and to us. God Bless his memory and your legacy with eternal rest-this icon defintely earned his peacefulness.

Lynn Wernet

January 24, 2011

So sorry for your loss. You and Nick and my parents were friends for so long. Thinking of you,