1936 – 2020
Clyde Donald “Don” Hieneman, 84, of Greenup went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 29, 2020 while surrounded by his family at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland, Kentucky. Don was the son of the late Horace Hieneman, Sr. and Dorothy Boggs Hieneman of Coal Branch Road, Greenup, Kentucky. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Rebecca Lavon “Bonnie” Whitt Hieneman; two sons, Rod (Linette) Hieneman of Flatwoods, Kentucky; and Ryan (Mindi) Hieneman of Lexington, Kentucky. He adored and deeply loved his grandchildren: Lyndsay, Madeline, Sara, Sydney, Nathan, Shana, and three great grandchildren.
Don provided for his family and protected them with every ounce of his strength. He loved his wife and always wanted his sons to have more in life than he had. He loved Sunday dinners with family and attending his grandchildren’s activities. He enjoyed sporting events where he could often be heard coaching and umpiring from the stands.
Don retired from C&O Railroad as a carman and worked on his father’s farm for a great part of his life. He was a little league umpire and baseball coach for many years. Don was a strong man who loved working outdoors and using his hands; this was evident by his firm grip and great tan. Quite often, he could be found doing yardwork, detailing cars, and for many years working in his garden. Don was fond of home repair projects and being a caretaker for his grandchildren’s homes. He was very particular and a perfectionist.
For many years, Don was in his red pickup truck, riding on his John Deere tractor, and tinkering in his outbuilding. He liked hanging out at Quillen’s Service Station and other places to meet with his friends on a regular basis over coffee while solving the world’s problems. Don took pleasure in visiting his siblings, cousins, and close friends. He never knew a stranger.
Don enjoyed watching John Wayne western movies and listening to the music of Conway Twitty, Don Williams, and Johnny Paycheck. He always looked forward to watching University of Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. He believed in tough love and was brutally honest at times, which was another way he exemplified his love. Don was a believer in Christ, and he prayed often.
Don is also survived by his siblings: Juanita Quillen of Lloyd, Kentucky; Darlene Crawford of Dayton, Ohio; Joe Hieneman of Wurtland, Kentucky; and Ed (Wanda) Hieneman of Greenup, Kentucky. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews that he dearly loved. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Garret B. Hieneman; brothers, Horace Hieneman, Jr.; Bob Hieneman; Jackie Hieneman; a sister, Mary Lou Hamilton; and a nephew, David Hieneman.
Pallbearers are: Rod Hieneman, Ryan Hieneman, Nathan Hieneman, Jon Sizemore, Peewee Hart, and Tony Quillen.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Brick Union Cemetery by Pastor Ken Gowin and Roger McCaleb.
Visitation will be from 11:00 AM till 2:00 PM on November 4, 2020 at Wright’s Funeral Home in Greenup, Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Community Hospice, Inc., 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky 41101.
Online condolences may be made at www.wrightsfuneralhome.com.
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