Andrew M. Hein
December 11, 1929 - November 7, 2013 -
Andy was born in Canby, Oregon at the family home on December 11, 1929. Surrounded by his wife and family, he passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Andy grew up in Canby and graduated from Canby High School, where he met his wife of 64 years, Rita Drescher. He had many jobs, which included a partnership in a saw mill in California, and then after returning to Oregon, worked for Publishers Mill in Mulino, while farming part time with his dad. He later went into full time farming, his true calling, and never retired from the farming he loved. The last 30 years he converted his farm to Filbert trees and had 75 acres in production. His many interests included sports, hunting and fishing. For many years he attended Canby sporting events that his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids participated in. His love of sports also led him to become a volunteer referee in wrestling matches for many years. He flew to Alaska annually for a family fishing trip, one of his favorite getaways. Birthday parties, trips to Hawaii, and special dinners for milestone anniversaries were events he particularly enjoyed with Rita, their children, grandchildren and friends. He had a strong sense of community and was a member of the Canby Fire Board for 16 years, a position he served proudly. He was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church. Andy served on St. Patricks Cemetery Committee for many years where he dedicated his time maintaining and caring for the grounds.
Andy was preceded in death by his eldest son, Gregory Stephen Hein. He is survived by his wife, Rita, his children, Linda Gitts (Nick), Carol Holsten (Vern), Connie Worthington (Frank), Gary Bud Hein (Liane), Laurie Morey (Kris), and Richard Hein, 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, November 14 at 11:00 am. St. Patricks Church, 498 NW 9th Ave, Canby, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Patricks Cemetery Fund.