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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.

On Tuesday morning May 8, 1900, Mrs. Hetwig Heindel was called to her final rest. Death was caused by dropsy, from which the deceased was a sufferer for many years. The funeral occurred Wednesday at 10 a. m., interment being made in the Wray Cemetery. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Wray Rattler (Wray, Yuma County) Saturday, May 12, 1900
Transcribed by Carol Moore.

   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.

March 8, 1956

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