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Erwin D. Heinkel

Birth Date: December 21, 1921
Death Date: March 18, 2017

Erwin Donald Heinkel, “Mr. Fix-It”, 95, of Decatur, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Decatur Memorial Hospital,

Erwin was born December 21, 1921, in Decatur, to Albert and Marie (Seyfang) Heinkel. He proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII. He married Billie D. Augustine on August 6, 1950, in Decatur. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Erwin was co-founder of Heinkel Packing, Pla-Mor Lanes and operated various Decatur residential properties. He loved to golf, travel and especially work.

He is survived by his wife, Billie; three sons, Dennis (Debra) Heinkel of Decatur, IL, Jeffrey Heinkel of La Mesa, CA and Mark Heinkel of Mt. Pulaski, IL; one daughter, Gail (Walter) Yuras of Oklahoma City, OK; five grandchildren, Jaime (Erik) Wenberg, Natalie (Tom) McCarthy, Wesley(Paulina) Heinkel, Bryan (Ashley) Yuras, Angela (James) Surber; two step-grandchildren, Billy (Tracy) Chandler and Steve Solis; ten great-grandchildren, August, Wren, Lucian, Isla, Olivia, Mac Erwin, Cormac, Marshall, Warren, Brittney; sister-in-law, Helen Heinkel of Decatur: and his beloved dog, Herbie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Christine Heinkel; three brothers, Herbert, Arnold and Fred Heinkel; and four sisters, Elsie Kuppler, Alberta Wright, Erna Southwell and Juanita Obermeyer.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Erwin Heinkel will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery where full military rites will be conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

The family of Erwin D. Heinkel is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

March 20, 2017
5:30 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Funeral Service
March 21, 2017
10:00 am
St. Paul Lutheran Church
1 Bachrach Court Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Erwin had a significant influence in the lives of many people throughout the years. He was a man who valued honesty,integrity,honor,his strong faith and his family. He never expected anything but the best from his employees and his family. I suspect that very few people disappointed him because he always gave his best. His legacy will go on for many years to come.

    Steve Yuras

  2. Lifting your family in prayers during this difficult time of loss. Praying for peace and comfort for all of the family. Uncle Erwin will truly be missed.

  3. So very sorry for your loss. We will always remember him escorting his lovely wife to the wedding ceremony of his grandson, Bryan Yurus and Ashley Yurus. He was the dapper gentleman with the top hat and cane wearing a big smile. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family for peace and comfort. Respectfully, Steve and Sheryl Rose, Tulsa, OK

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