It was always a sign of spring for me when I would see Lou Heine driving around Riverside in his Model A Ford; almost made me think of an earlier Riverside when there were fewer cars.
Lou loved that car taking trips with his wife, Martha, and meeting up with members of the Salt Creek Model A Club. Each year he proudly drove the Lions Club’s Person of the Year in the July 4 Parade in Riverside.
Lou Heine passed away last week. He and his wife Martha have lived in the village for 57 years, raised three boys and he enjoyed being a grandfather and a great-grandfather. The couple had recently sold their lovely Victorian home and were preparing to move, when Lou’s heath took a turn for the worse.
Lou Heine was an interesting man who lived quite a life and shared much of it with those he met through his job at Western Electric, the Lions Club, as president of the Little League, the Presbyterian Church and the American Legion. As a U.S. Navy Corpsman and Korean War veteran, he earned a Purple Heart.
His experiences in the service where told at a Riverside Memorial Day service in 2016 where he was recognized. He related stories that even his son, Mike, said they had not heard. He enjoyed reading, woodworking and making hobby horses.
In 1999, Martha and Lou Heine were honored as Persons of the Year, one of two couples who received the honor jointly, because they worked closely together in many of their interests in the village. The couple was videotaped by the Riverside Cable Commission, and the interview appears on Riverside TV from time to time. Viewers will delight in stories about their backgrounds and how they arrived in Riverside.
As Lions Club president, I can attest that there have been few members as diligent as Lou and he will be missed. He never missed a meeting unless out of town or held back by health.
He was a past president of the club and I could depend on him for support and suggestions. He took on the task of collecting eyeglasses for the Lions and getting them to the distribution center. He and his committee collected over 1,000 pairs of glasses last year.
Whether he wore his Lions vest with many pins or his Legion hat or was driving his Model A, he will be remembered as one of our town’s best.