I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race, I have
kept the faith.
11 Timothy 4:7
Leon Honore Heyens, 73, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at his residence Friday, Sept. 12, 1997. He was born April 14, 1924 in Zeeland, Netherlands to the late Gysbertus and Pauline Heyens.
Mr. Heyens moved to Winnipeg, Man. in 1949 and lived there for two years when he moved to Blackhawk, Ont. He later moved to Stratton, Ont. in 1965 and lived there until 1988, when he moved to Fort Frances.
He enjoyed farming, a job which he did all his life. He also loved his family, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Way Roman Catholic Church in Pinewood, Ont.
Leon was united in marriage on April 19, 1949 to the former Margaretha Polfliet, who survives with five daughters, Louise and husband, Joseph Hantsch, of Kerpen, Germany, Antoinette Olson and friend, Bill, of Terrace, B.C., Martha and husband, Roger Dimit, of Gimli, Man., Anne-Marie and husband, Gaetan Robin, of Prince Rupert, B.C., and Rita and husband, Leon Numainville, of Timmins, Ont.; and eight sons, Gilbert and friend, Marg, of Emo, Ont., Leo and wife, Carolynn, of Kenora, Ont., Paul and wife, Donna, of Stratton, Ont., Eugene and wife, Eileen, of Rainy River, Ont., Jack and wife, Adrienne, of Niverville, Man., George and wife, Barb, and Ted and wife, Wanda, all of Stratton, Ont., and David and friend, Tracy, of Thunder Bay, Ont.
He was predeceased by two sons, Mark and Bobby Joe; one brother, Alphonse; one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Heyens; and one son-in-law, Philip Olson.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 15, 1997 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Roman Catholic Church in Pinewood. Fr. James Panikulam officiated, with interment in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Stratton.
Friends visited with the family Sunday evening, Sept. 14, 1997 from 7 until 8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way Roman Catholic Church. Parish prayers were offered at 7:30 p.m.
Pallbearers were his sons, Gilbert, Leo, Paul, Eugene, Jack, George, Ted, and David.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society of Ontario, 611 Squire St., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 4A7.