Paul Heine, 64, enjoyed outdoors, fishing and artwork

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 9:37 p.m. CST; updated 12:07 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA — Paul Heine was an avid trout fisherman and particularly enjoyed casting his line at the pond at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

In particular, Mr. Heine had a favorite spot along the pond, where his family plans to erect a bench in his memory.

Paul Heine died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, after battling cancer. He was 64.

He was born May 16, 1949, in St. Louis, to Ferdinand and Flora (Mitter) Heine.

Mr. Heine graduated from Afton High School in 1967 and from MU in 1976. He married Anne Gray in 1978.

Mr. Heine worked for the Columbia Environmental Research Center for 34 years, and he received multiple local and national awards for his commitment to safety and excellence. Among those were a 2010 Donati Award from the Mid-Missouri Chapter of Trout Unlimited for his contributions to the chapter, the Columbia Environmental Research Center Safety Award of Excellence for his work from 1991 to 2012 and the U.S. Department of Interior's Safety and Occupational Heath Award of Excellence in 2013.

All the members of the Heine family are MU graduates. His son, Kurt, graduated with a degree in environmental studies and his daughter, Kate, with a degree in journalism. His wife, Anne, graduated with a degree in nursing and has been a clinical instructor at the Sinclair School of Nursing for 30 years.

Mr. Heine had a great love for the outdoors, Anne Heine said. He was a hunter and fisherman and loved to share his knowledge about nature and survival skills. He volunteered with the Columbia Park Patrol and enjoyed walking the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail. He also enjoyed taking family vacations to state parks and particularly loved Montauk State Park in Salem.

His memorial fund is being used to build a shelter at Bennett Springs State Park.

"We spent one of his last days holding hands and looking outside the whole day," she said.

Mr. Heine was a gifted artist who created pieces for his friends and family, and his work often centered on nature. He also drew cartoons and pictures and created handmade cards. Before he died, he gave artwork to his whole family, including a coloring book for his granddaughter, Rose.

"We have a whole house filled with his beautiful artwork," Anne Heine said.

Mr. Heine also wrote a book called "Paw Paw's Fishing Book," which his family hopes to publish in his honor.

"He had a great attitude about life and enjoyed every moment. He gave me a lifetime of love and happiness. He always said 'everything is just peachy,'" Anne Heine said.

Mr. Heine is survived by his wife, Anne Heine; a daughter, Kate Elliott, and her husband, Michael; a son, Kurt Heine, and his fiance, Emmalee Leicht; two brothers, John Heine and his wife, Judy, and Carl Heine and his wife, Sandy; and a grandchild, Rose Elliott.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Columbia United Church of Christ, 3201 I-70 Drive N.W. A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same location.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Columbia United Church of Christ,3201 I-70 Drive N.W., Columbia, MO 65202 or the Paul R. Heine Memorial Fund c/o The Callaway Bank, 1600 Chapel Hill Road, Columbia, MO 65203.

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