John Calvin Heinecke
August 26, 1942 – February 16, 2021
John Calvin Heinecke, of Clifton, passed away on February 16, 2021 in Clifton. He was 78. John was born on August 26, 1942 in Gunnison, Colorado, to Elbert and Mary (Harding) Heinecke. He was next to the youngest of 11 children. He spent his childhood in Clifton and Grand Junction, and on October 29, 1960, he joined the US Navy. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, and was a part of the invasion at the Bay of Pigs. John was stationed on a Navy ship when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and due to the high security at that time his family was not able to contact him, or know his whereabouts for three months. John was honorably discharged in 1964. During his lifetime, he was a logger that was as tough as his axe handle, and a master carpenter. Although he spent most of his life in Colorado, he also lived in Orofino, Idaho. John married Pat Stickens in 1965. They had seven children, and later divorced. He married Sharon L. O’Keefe on April 22, 2007, in Clifton. Sadly, both women preceded him in death. John was a member of the Eagles, the Moose Lodge, and the VFW. In his free time, he loved hunting, fishing, walking through the forest, playing pool, and watching the Broncos play. He enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, and dancing, and was once mistaken for Elvis Presley. John was a great teacher. He was a very stubborn, hardworking, loving, and wise man, and was a romantic at heart. He loved his family, and any time he would say goodbye, he was known to say “walk tall”. He will be greatly missed. John leaves behind many people to carry on his legacy- his sons, Jeffery Heinecke of Kensal, North Dakota, Dr. Joseph Heinecke of Grand Junction, Gary Stevens of Smiths Station, Alabama, and James Reynolds of Clifton; daughters, Sara Heinecke of Orofino, Idaho, Becky Heinecke of Estes Park, Trishia Hill of Grand Junction, Heather Heinecke of Fruitvale, and Tammy Caipen of Andrews, Texas; brother, Melvin Heinecke of Fruita; sisters, Margie Price of Grand Junction, and Wilda of Salem, Oregon; 37 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends, whom he loved. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sharon; sons, John A. Heinecke and Timothy Stevens; brothers, Bill and Grant Fuller, and Bob and Jack Heinecke; sisters, Mildred Belger, Joy Hooper, and Elberta Schultz. A virtual celebration of life will be held on Friday, February 26th at 11 am on the Martin’s Mortuary Facebook page. Friends and family may leave their condolences at www.martinmortuary.com.
Virtual Celebration of Life
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John Calvin Heinecke
Jo Anne Mastin
February 21, 2021
Where to begin, I guess. Would be, with how much he loved and adored my sister. In the morning when they’d come and visit mom. John would get up early and go out and sit on the front porch (he built) drink coffee. Sharron would get up and go out and sit with him for awhile. I’d make myself some breakfast, I’d hear him sing…‘Nobody Loves Me, Nobody Cares’ well I’d hear Sharron say ‘all right, all right you big baby’ and she’d go make him eggs, bacon, and toast. Bring out to him, and he’d give her that smile he always had for her. And they’d kiss.
I loved how much he loved my sister and I know how much it hurt when he lost her. But, today they’re dancing once again as they did on their wedding day. God bless you John. I’ll miss your advice you used to give me. Love you, Jo Anne “Jodie “
February 19, 2021
I have many memories with my grandpa. But the one that really sticks out the most is when I became a truck driver. He was so proud and laughed because he thought I was tiny for an 18 wheeler. But he always told me how proud he was was of me for taking the steps I have in life. He was such an amazing grandpa. He is truly missed and loved. He loved my kids, his great grandchildren so much. Leiland,Rhianna ans Daisy love and miss you so much. He brought so much joy and happiness in our lives. Although we were far apart he always showed his love. And I loved drinking coffee with grandpa. He would drink it all day and I loved it because I love coffee too. RIH grandpa we love you more than you ever knew.
February 19, 2021
I remember many beautiful things about my grandpa. From the fishing trips, to the bbq’s and cook outs. To the biggest most happiest family get togethers, to all the laughs and the hugs. One memory that will stick with me forever is how much he loved our family. He would have all his kids and grand kids come over and while he held and played with the great grand babies the rest of us would decorate his house for Christmas. We would all smile, laugh and tell stories while putting up the Christmas trees. While my Grandpa was the most stubborn and honest man he was also the most loving and young soul. It never mattered what he was going through or if he was in pain he would always smile with a grin and say “Walk tall.” I’ll forever remember the fishing trips, and the warm hugs. I’ll forever remember my grandpa and I’ll make sure my babies remember their great grandpa.