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William and Sophie (Renzelman) Heindel, Wray.
Photographs and family information from Judy Dimmick, judykshroyer@yahoo.com, granddaughter.

   William Heindel was born in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1870, the son of Bavarian immigrants, John and Hedwig (Kunkle) Heindel. He came to Wray in 1887 with his parents. Sophie Renzelman was born in Bremen in 1877 and came to the United States with her parents William and Wilhelmina (Lintelman) Renzelman. After a stop in Missouri the Renzelmans settled south of Wray in 1888. William and Sophie were married in 1895 and had eight children.

   William Heindel was a prominent figure in early Wray history. He was a carpenter and general contractor, served as town council member, mayor and school board member, was joint and later sole owner of an automobile garage and dealership. After he 'retired' he served a further 22 years as Yuma County Road Supervisor. Sophie died in 1949 and William in 1956. They are buried in Wray's Grandview Cemetery.

   Their children:William, born: 1895, Christian F., born: 1897, Edward, born 1899, Marie (Mrs. Pete Keenan), born: 1902, Theodore, born 1905, Bertha (Mrs. Clyde Brownlee), born: 1908, Katherine (Mrs. Dallas Shroyer), born 1915, and Robert, born, 1917.

1935 Heindel Family Reunion

Pete and Marie Keenan with daughter Donna; Ted and Dora (Upchurch) with their children, Diane and John; William and Sophie, Bertha and Clyde Brownlee with their children Gene, Kent and Lynn.

Robert; Helen (Powe) and Edward; Vertie (Brownlee), daughter Eunice and Chris, Ana (Wilson) and William, Katherine.

This is William's father - July 4, 1918 "William Heindel, senior member of the firm of Heindel & Speicher, Model Garage, met with an accident last Friday by which his right leg was badly wrenched and sprained at the knee joint, making an exceedingly paniful wound. The wound would not have been so serious were it not for the fact that it was the leg that he had amputated below the knee several years ago, but being as it is proving a very serious affair and one that has kept him in great suffering ever since it ocurred. He was on a ladder reaching for a tire when he missed his footing and fell on a barrel, receiving the injury mentioned."

William Heindel 1870-1956 is buried in Wray # 81626649.

"Thursday, June 27, 1967 Wray Gazette Funeral services were held for Ted A. Heindel Monday at the Methodist Church in Wray with Rev. David McKay officiating. Interment was at Grandview Cemetery.
Mr. Heindel was born on October 16, 1905 to Mr. and Mrs. William Heindel, Sr. and passed away at the Wray Community Hospital Thursday, June 22.
The late William Heindel, Sr. and other members of the family started a Chevrolet agency in Wray in 1912 and was purchased later by Ted Heindel under the name of the Heindel Garage. He owned and operated the dealership for 33 years. In 1958 he sold the Chevrolet agency to Bill Olsen to devote more time to the Butte Motel which was built early in 1957. Mr. and Mrs. Heindel owned and operated the Butte Motel for the past 10 years until recently when the motel was sold. He was a former member of the Rotary Club and Wray Commercial Club.
A daughter, Dianne Heindel Walz passed away in July of 1963. He is survived by his wife, Dora and one son, John; three brothers, Bob of Dallas, Texas, Bill of Casper, Wyoming and Chris of Wray and three sisters, Marie Keenan of Denver, Kathryn Shroyer and Bertha Brownlee of Greeley and seven granchildren. "

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