Wayne J. Heinrick

Oct. 15, 1939-Jan. 28, 2018

Wayne John Heinrick,

78, Towner, passed away

Sunday, January 28, 2018

at his home in Towner.

Wayne Heinrick, son of

Frank and Johanna

(Schatz) Heinrick, was

born October 15, 1939 in

Rugby. He was raised

south of Towner and at-

tended Copperdahl

School for a short time be-

fore entering the Shriners

Hospital for Children in

Minneapolis where he

was treated for polio. Fol-

lowing his treatment,

Wayne attended Towner

Public School, graduating

in 1958. He then enrolled

at Minot State College.

On June 20, 1958,

Wayne was united in mar-

riage to Connie Thomp-

son. They made their

home on the


Ranch where Wayne

milked cows and worked

two summers at the

Towner Nursery. In 1969,

they moved into Towner

and purchased the local

grocery store on main

street. With no regrets,

they sold the grocery store

and pursued a new career

in the bar business. The

Hotel Bar in Towner was

their first endeavor and a

brief time later they had

an aspiration for a new es-

tablishment which be-

came well-known in the

area as the “Longhorn”.

Together they kept the lo-

cals in “Happy Hour” for

18 years, retiring in 1991.

Wayne’s passion for

hunting and fishing was

extreme and the results

were proudly displayed in

his “museum” where

many kids young and old

were fascinated and fear-

ful. Countless trips to the

Canadian wilderness with

family and friends

brought much pleasure to

Wayne as he retold his ad-

ventures. Yearly excur-

sions to escape the winter

took them across the US.

Summers were spent as a

sponsor and spectator to

the Longhorn softball

team. Wayne briefly

came out of retirement to

explore a slightly different

career as a concrete super-

visor for his son Roger.

Wayne’s outdoor ac-

tivity and adventures be-

came limited in his later

years. The “Remote” be-

came his best friend, auc-

tion sales were attended,

excursions in the country

were enjoyed and visits

from family and friends

were cherished. He was a

well-known jokester and

you knew that Wayne

loved you when included

in his pranks. He will be

forever missed!

He was preceded in

death by: his parents,

Frank & Johanna Hein-

rich; and his beloved son


Wayne is survived by:

his wife, Connie; his

daughter, Deb (Kevin)

Fairbairn of Regina, SK;

his granddaughter, Tracey

Heinrick of Minot; grand-

sons, Shelby (Amy)

Swearson of Minot and

Tyler (Kaitlyn) Swearson

of Watford City;

great-granddaughter, Mar-

ley Swearson of Minot;

brother, Larry (Dyann)

Heinrich of Towner; sis-

ter, Marie Woodall of

Granville; Kim Skar

(Roger’s companion);

niece, Laurie Heinrich of

Washington; numerous

cousins and many friends.

Funeral: Friday, Febru-

ary 2, 2018 at 2:00 P. M. at

the Zion Lutheran Church

in Towner.

Burial: Union Cemetery

in Towner in the spring.

Arrangements with

Bethke-Nelson Funeral

Home of Drake.

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