Elton H. Heinrich
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Elton H. Heinrich
  • January 16, 1927 - December 23, 2017
  • Port Lavaca, Texas

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Elton Herman Heinrich left to be with his heavenly Father on December 23, 2017. He was born January 16, 1927 in High Hill, Texas. Heinrich was a World War II veteran and was in the Pacific when the war came to an end. Elton saw first-hand the explosion cloud from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima - he said it melted steel and railroad tracks and killed thousands of Japanese but also saved a Texas man's life along with other Americans in arms amassed near Japan for a major assault in what were the final days of World War II. In September 1945, Heinrich witnessed the formal surrender ceremony on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri that was stationed next to his ship. Heinrich returned to Schulenburg after service and then moved to Port Lavaca to work as a pot-room operator at Alcoa, retiring after 35 years. The family wishes to thank Dr. Wright and the Port Lavaca Nursing Home for their excellent care of Elton, especially Elton's little Jada at the PLNH whom Elton loved dearly.

Elton was preceded in death by his parents, Luisa and August Heinrich; and brother, Willie Heinrich.

He is survived by daughter, Joan Heinrich; grandsons, Ashton & Christopher of Bryan, TX; brother, Leroy Heinrich of Midland, North Carolina; and one niece and two nephews.

A visitation will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 9-10AM at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home with a funeral service at 10AM. Burial will follow at the Schulenburg City Cemetery at 2PM with military honors.

The family asks that any remembrances for Elton be made to Hospice of South Texas, 605 E. Locust St, Victoria, TX 77901 or Port Lavaca Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 524 Village Rd, Port Lavaca, TX 77979.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.