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Timothy Gordon Hein

April 22, 1939 August 16, 2018
Timothy Gordon Hein
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Obituary for Timothy Gordon Hein

Timothy Gordon Hein “Tim,” age 79 of Genoa Twp., Michigan, formerly of Wolverine Lake, Michigan died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.

Tim was a charismatic, quick witted, loving man full of trivia and good jokes and always ready to have a good time. He was a loving husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather and a good friend to many. Family and friends alike looked up to and respected him; he was a very special man. Because he was such a ‘people person,’ he derived a great deal of pleasure being surrounded by his family and friends at the many gatherings hosted by him and his wife, Valerie.

Tim attended Cody High School where he was the catcher on the baseball team. Later, he attended Wayne State University where he received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees. He worked in the Delco Division of G.M. for 15 years before becoming a teacher in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District from which he retired in 2002.

He met his wife, Valerie, in a local family-owned market at the age of 14 in 1953. They went together on and off until they married in May of 1960. Together they raised two wonderful daughters; Kimberly and Dawn and a multitude of fur babies. Tim enjoyed playing sports especially baseball, ice hockey and golf, often hosting tournaments here and at their condos in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. Anything that even remotely sounded like a good excuse to have a party resulted in a gathering at the Hein house.

When he had to have his hips replaced, he could only play golf, so travel became the new passion. He and Valerie enjoyed many destination vacations and cruises throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean often with family and friends.

Tim was diagnosed in December 2013 with a rare neurological disease: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (P.S.P.). It is a relentless, unforgiving disease that affects mobility, the eyes, swallowing, speech, hands and all body functions for which there is no cure. The average life span after diagnosis is 5 years. It is so rare, there are limited studies because it is difficult to find enough participants in close proximity. Tim participated in one study at the University of Michigan until he became wheelchair bound 2 years ago and, after death, he donated his brain to research in the hope of finding a cure for this insidious disease.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Harvey Hein and sisters-in-law, Kathy Hein and Lorraine Dobis.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Valerie; daughters, Kimberly Ray (Mark) and Dawn (Cash) McGuffin; grandchildren, Timothy (Lauren) Woychowski, Alexander (Samantha) Woychowski, Joshua (Ashley) Woychowski, Kyle (Elizabeth) McGuffin. Megan (T.J.) Berbaum, and Katelynn (Drake) Elias; great-grandchildren, Waylen, Elaina, Lily, Charlie, Zander, and Camden and his devoted fur baby, Beau.

Also survived by his brothers, Jim (Ann), Tom (the late Kathy), Mike (Sue), and sister, Michele; brothers-in-law, David (Mary) Buha and Richard (the late Lorraine) Dobis and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11 AM at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 2905 South Commerce Road, Walled Lake, Michigan. The Rev. Judson Delancey to officiate. The family invites everyone to a luncheon following.

Donations to www.curePSP.org greatly appreciated.

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11:00 AM 9/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church-Walled Lake

2905 S. Commerce Rd.
Walled Lake, MI 48390

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11 AM at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 2905 South Commerce Road, Walled Lake, Michigan. The Rev. Judson Delancey to officiate.

Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church-Walled Lake
2905 S. Commerce Rd. Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States
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