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Larry Allen Hein, 72, and Joyce Ann Hein, 66, passed away August 5, 2018 after a tragic accident.
Larry, the son of Harold Hein & Margaret (Slatton) Hein-Cohn, was born on May 1, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His parents precede him in death. He leaves his sister, Marilyn Hein, Terre Haute, IN, nieces, Tina Kiger (David), Lisa Stehle, Greencastle, IN, Stephanie Giltz (Marty), Greencastle, IN, as well as several great nieces and nephews.  He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and was awarded a National Defense Service Medal: Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star: Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device: Meritorious Unit Commendation: Navy Unit Commendation: Battle Efficiency “E” Award: Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea).  With his love of singing, he sang in barbershop quartets and several choirs, loved  billiards and boating both here and in South West Florida
Joy, the daughter of Albert and Alix (Gradolph) Hirzel was born on December 9, 1951, in Akron, Ohio. Her father preceded her in death. She leaves her mother, Alix Hirzel, Bath, OH, sisters: Holly Hirzel, Bath, OH, Carolyn Birchenall, Peninsula, OH, Julia Hirzel (Ralph) Peninsula, OH, Amy Wert (Glenn), Sheffield, OH, and nieces and nephews, Sasha Birchenall (Burr), Asheville, NC, Neill Birchenall (Lorna) Sheffield, England, Eric Birchenall (Rachel), Paris, France, Rael Wert, Cleveland, OH, Jack Wert (Emily), Portland, OR, William Wert, Sheffield, OH, and Anna Wert, Sheffield, OH, and her great nieces and nephews.  She was an exceptional photographer, an active member of the Professional Photographers of West Michigan, and employed by Allied Photo / Photo Evo for 28 years. She was an avid reader, especially in her lovely garden.
Together in love, best friends, and married since June 25,1989, they will be remembered for their love of boating, motorcycles, camping, photography and their little shitsu Nikki.
A gathering of family and friends for Larry and Joy Hein will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Avenue), Grand Rapids, with military honors concluding the reception.  Honoring the Hein’s wishes, no funeral or burial services will be held.  In lieu of flowers, donations in their honor may be made to either the American Heart Association or the Breast Cancer Awareness Society.  
Additional memorials will be held in Michigan at Photo Evo South from 6:30-9 p.m. on August 20, and in Ohio from 4-6 p.m. on September 8 at Springcrest Lake, Bath, Ohio, 44333.

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  1. Carolyn Birchenall on August 9, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    They lived life to the fullest, always found time to give to friends and family and make everyday extraordinary, missing you so, Carolyn

  2. Sharon VanderBoon on August 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I saw Joy’s smiling face at Allied for many years, and will miss her at camera club meetings.

  3. Emily Wert on August 9, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I will always remember how they so welcomed me into the family, whether at the first Christmas I met them or at our wedding. All your family is in Jack and my prayers.

  4. Corinna Smith on August 10, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    The loss of Joy and Larry is a stunning tragedy. They were both so kind and helpful to me. I met them in 1999 when I began working at the photo lab. That was so long ago but, such caring people are not easily forgotten. My sincerest condolences to family and friends.

  5. John and Debi Krueger on August 14, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Debi and I were greatly stunned and saddened to learn of the passing of these two wonderful people. We will miss you.

  6. Rod and Bonnie Gleason on August 15, 2018 at 10:29 am

    So sorry for your loss, Joy was a delightful person and loved the profession of photography

  7. Bill & Rebecca Spence on August 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

    We were so saddened to here of Joy & Larrys passing. We were fortunate to have been able to spend some special moments with them. They will be dearly missed.

  8. Janine Watkins on August 19, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Joy & Larry
    Two wonderful people
    Always bright, always encouraging…
    Two genuine kind souls
    You will be greatly missed
    Grateful you could leave this life & enter the afterlife together <3

  9. Frank Trovato on August 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I met Larry 25 years ago at the pool hall. we became fast friends sharing the love of pool and motorcycles. Larry was the kind or guy that would do anything for you.Almost every week over the past 25 years we would either meet up or talk on the phone just to see what the other was up to. We enjoyed weekend motorcycle rides,playing cards,and sharing dinners with both Larry and Joy. We will miss Larry and Joy very much. I not only lost my best friend I lost my brother.

  10. Cindy Christy & Cara Hander on August 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    I remember Joy, most, for her practical wisdom, carefree way of looking at life & deep sincerity. I am so happy that she found the love of her life in Larry. My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Hirzel, Carolyn, Holly, Julie , Amy & the Hein family. God Bless.

  11. Nadine Stafford on August 23, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I send my condolences. I am sorry to hear that you have lost Joyce at such a young age, and her husband as well. Hugs to everyone.

  12. Sheila Tarr on September 2, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Dear Hirzel Family, Our sympathy and warmest thoughts are with all of you at this time of sorrow. May time be a source of healing for all of you and wishing you God’s peace. Love, Sheila Tarr and David Buehler

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