Philip J. Hein, 92, Stratford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at his home in the Town of Eau Pleine.
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 26, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Stratford, where a rosary service will be at 10:30 am. Rev. Sengole Vethanayagam will officiate. Sauter / Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family and the service will be live-streamed at www.facebook.com/rembsfuneralhomes. Burial will be in the parish cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to be determined.
Philip was born on June 1, 1928, in Milwaukee. His parents were Philip and Catherine (Ferrier) Hein. He was a 1946 graduate of Stratford High School and a 1948 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course. He married Lucille E. Scheuer on June 10, 1950, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield.
Phil was a Lifelong dairy farmer of Stratford, owner of the Philip Hein Farm, which became Hein’s Farm Inc. with son, Ken, and then Maple Ridge Dairy which was owned by Philip, son Ken, and son-in-law Gary Ruegsegger.
Phil had served on many boards, including St. Paul Bank for Cooperatives, National Bank for Cooperatives, 21st Century Genetics, Morning Glory Farms Cooperative, Stratford Farmers Cooperative, Harmony Cooperative, Colby, WI, Marshfield Farmers Cooperative, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association, Production Credit Association of Wausau, Federal Land Bank Association of Wausau, Marathon County DHIA, Wisconsin Dairy Herd Improvement Association, Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives, Farm Credit Banks of St. Paul, Marathon County DHIA, Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives of which he received the Cooperative Builders Award in 1984 and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1976. He was an active participant in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church as a reader, member of the church choir, and on the Parish Council for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lu, and their ten children, David Hein (Chad Froming), Ouray, CO, Donna (Doug) Erickson, Chippewa Falls, WI, Diane (Dave) Scheunemann, Marshfield, WI, Daniel Hein (Cathy), Appleton, WI, Kenneth Hein (Becky), Stratford, WI, Janet (Pat) Stolt, Beaverton, OR, Mary Hein (Gary Ruegsegger), Marshfield, WI, Timothy Hein (Grace), Tomah, WI, Thomas Hein, Stratford, WI, and Kerry (Keith) Burnside, Fall Creek. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, Ryan Hein (Tim), Brittni (Jeriod) Dahm, Tanner Erickson, Brett Scheunemann, and Jessica, Keith (Micki) Scheunemann, Leah (Jeff) Houghton, Lexi Hein, Jenna (Jon) Yasgur, Sarah Hein, Colleen (Andrew) Holden, Ben (Rachel) Stolt, Matthew Stolt and Maddie, Analise (Ben) Hanneman, Nicole (Shawn) Wilson, Kian Hein, Kati Hein, Alex Hein, Sedona Burnside, Kyle Burnside and Katrina and by 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a sister Monica (Clem) Folz, Schofield, WI, and in-laws, Marge Oppman, Florence Lindow, Bob Scheuer, Carol Schultz, Shirley Mounce, Joyce (John) Kilty, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by his recently found biological brother, Tom Newman, Necedah, WI., and sister, Marjorie Zdun, Pittsville, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Mary Johnette at birth, and special cousin-brother Denis Hein, brothers-in-law George Oppman, Dick Scheuer, Merlie Lindow, and Fritz Schultz.
A special thank you to Aspirus Hospice, Shirley Hein, Brian Forrest, Dr. Tim Golemgeski, and Marshfield Clinic Heart Failure Center.
Memorials may be designated in his name to St. Joseph’s Catholic School or the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Foundation (PDPW).
“Tough times don’t last…tough people do.”
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com