I thought, he walked, on water

   This is a story about my Grandpa, Leslie Eugene Heinz,
as remembered through the eyes of a child.

Les was born March 8, 1920 in Matchwood, Michigan.Heinz, Carol, Les, Inez, Floyd, Selina Heinz1This is the first photograph we have of Les.

He is being held by his sister Inez, with Carol to the left
and Floyd to their right.

To the right is his Grandma Selina Salzman Heinz.

Heinz, Lyle, Les tires in UP

Lyle and Les loved to play around.

Their father died shortly after Lyle was born in 1921.Heinz, Les Lyle1Les and Lyle about 1930.      Heinz, Leslie school picAn old school photo.

Love those eyes, in color, they would be blue.          5 Heinz, Leslie ( About 12)When Les was in woodwork shop he built this table, later flowers and stripes were added by family members.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA1037Heinz, LeslieLes worked for the CCC in the Upper Peninsula,

planting trees and sending most of the money home

for the family during the depression.Heinz, Leslie 02Les, holding the football as

Captain of the Harbor Rams TeamHeinz, Les-Lyle3,Les 7-captain,k ennyDavert#2His brother Lyle is number 3 next to him.   Heinz, Les, h.s.guys-Les,Jim Campbell,   ,Earl Knapp, Louis Kosirnik-11-22-40Les standing to the left, with his buddies in Harbor Springs.

After High School, Les went to Grand Rapids Junior College in 1939.Alma CollegeLeslie Student at Gramd Valley-1940Heinz, Leslie, Freshman at GRHeinz, Les freshman at collegeHeinz, Donna & Les Heinz '41Les came home and married his High School Sweetheart,

Donna Price on June 13, 1941 in Harbor Springs, Michigan.Leslie_Heinz_WWIILes joined the Army-Air Force and went off to war

as a communications guy, stringing up wires

across India and China.Les with truck,planeLes_in_Doorway_of_JeepI will talk more about his war years in another story.

Les and Donna had a little daughter Joanne before leaving for the War

and a son Don was born while he was away.Les, Donna FairLes returned from war he and his wife moved

down to Flint, Michigan with a couple brothers and friends

to start working for Bell Telephone.

Later they moved back up north and worked as a lineman

Les, GordySwenor,BobClement, LesHeinzwith his friends Gordon Swenor and Bob Clement.

He moved his family to 202 East Lake Street in Harbor Springs

and added two daughters: Les, Kathy '50Kathy & DebbieLes, Deb in cornHe was on the city council, and though he didn’t run

for the office of Mayor, the town folk of Harbor Springs,

voted him in anyway. Here are a few photo’s from that time.

Les, Mayor and Alden WagerStanding on the dock with Alden Wager.Les, Mayor Heinz 2Out of the Pointer, surveying his town from the water.Les, Mayor Leslie Heinz1The telephone company featured Les as a Mayor in their magazine. I think this photo was a little too loved by grandchildren along the way.Les, Mayor from Telephone mag
Les, Sheba '61Grandpa loved his dogs!Les, Debbie, '67 ice cavesHere he is with his daughter Deb at the icecaves.Heinz, Leslie07I remember spending the night and waking up

to the smell of Grandma’s wonderful breakfasts

and Grandpa down at the kitchen table working and eating.

Looking just like this, with those pens in the pocket.

Always working.

He became the Plant Engineer for Michigan Bell Telephone

and put his great math skills to work.

We walked to school past his window at work,

where he waved to us each day, and if he didn’t see us,

would call to make sure we were alright.A 89 Les -summer72-scar-GettingApplesWLyle-someone's orchardGrandpa brought this old phone home, he loved his old phones. Heinz, Leslie10Donna and Les with their new game of Jarts!H 3  Donna and Les -JartsGrandpa had a heart attack when he was forty,

so he tried to enjoy life a little more,

he built a cabin in the UP and took more time

boating, fishing, and tanning!J 5 Les relaxingSomeone caught this one of him up at the cabin.

I remember him trying to keep his good tan so he didn’t look sick,

in the back yard on a similar lounge, only with boards

covered in aluminum foil to help catch the rays.Heinz, Les LakeGrandpa loved the UP and Lake Gogebic,

this place always made him happy.Heinz,Les, Darby DonnaWhen his daughter Kathy got married,  I managed a seat

right there next to him at the reception.Heinz, Les, Don, Carol, Inez, and LyleAt his daughter Debbie’s wedding.

Les on the left with his son Don.

His sisters Carol and Inez,

with their brother Lyle to the right.Bethany and Leslie Grandpa with Bethany:

This was the loving look he gave each of his grandchildren.1973 08 18, Darby Les HeinzGrandpa and me

He took me fishing, out on his ATV, and on the boat,

to the woods and the Cabin,

to the beach, out on the golf courses, and always on a Saturday,

to the garage where he puttered around

to the smell of oil in the air.

He wasn’t a church going man, but he believed in God.

He would always say, he could find God easier out in nature.

He was uncomfortable in church but would attend at times

and listen to his wifes beautiful voice in the choir.

One day  his kids were flying a kite and it got caught

too high for him to get it down.

He said, “I can’t get it down, but do you think God can?”

They thought he could, but the eldest daughter wasn’t sure

God was interested in such little things.

Les said a simple prayer like this:

“Lord, Donnie and Joanne have a kite caught in this tree,

and they feel bad about it. They believe you could get it down

for them. And I ask Lord, that you do that for them.”

Soon a brisk breeze started up and lifted the kite out from those

branches and it drifted down to them.

Les often read his Bible while his family attended church.

He showed his Christian upbringing in his deeds.

I am sure now, that he wasn’t perfect, but as a child

I thought, he walked on water.

He left us way too early, on the 30th of September, 1974.

I was in 8th grade music class when

I understood he had passed over.

It was the hardest day ever.

I miss you grandpa.

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