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Walter ‘Wally’ Heinichen

Walter Heinichen of Otsego passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born September 10, 1929 in Chicago, the son of Benjamin and Helen (Winter) Heinichen.

For over 30 years he worked at International Harvester as a machinist until his retirement. Wally was a licensed pilot and loved flying, hunting and boating when they lived on the lake. Wally` had a great sense of humor and was a great story teller. He was member of Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego.

On October 28, 1972 in Winfield, Illinois, he married Chlao Siegwart who survives. Also surviving are several nieces and a great nephew. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ethel Myers, Helen Thompson and Lorain Horn.

A Graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating.

Contributions in memory of Wally may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.

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Fred andSue Bosma

August 12, 2022 at 5:55 pm

Sweetest neighbor and friend we will miss you Wally! Our Deepest Sympathies to Chlao and Family! Love Fred & Sue Bosma


David & Jane Kling

August 12, 2022 at 6:10 pm

Dear Chlao,

We are so sad to hear of Wally’s passing. We have some wonderful memories of gatherings at your lake home. May the memories you have of your life together bring you comfort and happiness as the days go by. We are sending love to you.

Dave & Jane Kling


Diana L Clason

August 12, 2022 at 6:37 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Wally’s death. I will always remember him in his story telling and kidding.



August 14, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Chlao – Sorry to read about Wally. Paul will feel really sad when I tell him (he is currently in MeadowWoods). They had a good time when they were together and laughed a lot. Paul called him “my friend, Wally”. xxoo


Rick Howrigon

August 17, 2022 at 6:52 am

Chlao and family, so sorry to hear about Wally. He would often stop when I was out in the yard for a short visit.

Such a nice kind person, the world would be better with people like Wally.

Rick Howrigon


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