OBIT: Donald L. Heinrich Sr.

Donald L. Heinrich Sr., 79, of Marshall died Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

Mr. Heinrich was born on June 4, 1932 in Battle Creek to William and Athelene (Wright) Heinrich.

He had been employed as a mechanic with the Grand Trunk Railroad.

On February 4, 1950, he married the former Dolores J. Summerfield. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1995.

He loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. He and his wife built a cabin near the Baldwin, Michigan area and enjoyed many trips there.

He is survived by sons, Donald L.(Judy) Heinrich Jr. of Angola, IN and William (Jackie) Heinrich of Sturgis; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; a sister, Linda (John) Biek of Grand Rapids; and special friend and companion, Lillian Bottom of Battle Creek.

The family is planning a celebration of life service at a later date. Arrangements are by the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Marshall. To leave a personal message and sign the on line guest book, please visit