Andrew Hinze
December 30, 1960 - May 16, 2013

Andrew Hinze, 52, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday May 16, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Thursday May 23, 2013 at Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein with Pastor Charis Combs-Lay officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday as well, from 10-11:00 AM at the church.  He will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Andrew was born on December 30, 1960 in Oelwein to parents James D. and Theodora (Ware) Hinze.  He graduated from Oelwein Senior High School in 1980.  Andrew then served his country honorably in the United States Air Force.  He was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein.

Andrew was the second heart transplant recipient in the State of Iowa.  He was also the longest living heart transplant recipient in the state.  Andrew gave as generously in death as he did in life by being a tissue donor with the Iowa Donor Network.

Left to celebrate Andrew’s life is his daughter Amanda (John) Baccarie of Shreveport, LA; his son Allen Wilkenson of Pueblo, CO; his granddaughters: Kaitlyn and Alana Newsome; his mother Theodora of Oelwein; his brothers: Tracy Dean (Adela) Hinze Starcruiser of Waterloo and John L. Hinze of Oelwein; his sister Georgia Cashen of Rocky Ford, CO; as well as many friends.

In death, Andrew has rejoined his father and his sister Andrea Wildebour. 

 

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Carolyn Laxson on May 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM said:

I will long remember Andrew and his wit and his drive to LIVE to the fullest. He made an impression on my 14 year old son, who he met at a Transplant picnic. Thanks, Andrew, for many wonderful years and for touching my life during the time I knew and helped care for you as part of the UIHC transplant team.
Don and Julie Music on May 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM said:

As long time aquitances and friends of Andy's we were sorry to hear of his passing. I met Andy when he first came into the Cardiology clinic for his evaluation for his heart transplant. What a character he could be and I always knew when he came into clinic to remind myself that his humor was honest and real and that I learned early on I had to stay on my toes with him. I remember long conversations with him and even walking (a short distance) with him to Des Moines when he did his trek...I met my husband Don in the cardiology clinic also as he was the 10th person to receive a Heart transplant. Before we were married and Don would have an appt. the same day as Andy I can remember thinking and knowing what kind of day it was going to be with them being there together, knowing how they both were. It was always hard to work because we wanted to join in on the laughter and stories but had to work and listen from behind the desk. As we all know time turns into days and then years and the longer out and less appts. and HIPPA eventually led to less time together with our busy lives but were so happy when we got together at transplant picnics and could all catch up. Andy should ALWAYS be remembered as a part of the "future" and what he gave to the "future" for others to come and just because he has passed on to a greater adventure the mark he has left here for us all will NEVER be forgotten!!
Taryn Knight on May 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM said:

R.I.P Andrew. You will be missed
Tina Bowers Ash on May 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hinze family.
Carrie Mangan on May 19, 2013 at 5:45 AM said:

Sorry to hear about Andrew's passing. Praying for God's comfort for the whole family.

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