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.