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Walter A. Hein

Published on -1/10/2013, 9:50 AM

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Walter A. Hein, 89, Grainfield, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Gove County Medical Center, Quinter.

He was born Dec. 16, 1923, north of Grainfield in Sheridan County to Matthew S. and Julia M. (Kraft) Hein. He was a graduate of Grainfield Rural High School. He attended St. Joseph Military Academy, Hays, until February 1943.

He married Mary Ellen (Grant) Hein in Brisbane, Australia, in 1945. He later married Charleen "Charlie" Bananto in 1981 in Wichita. He had two Western Auto stores, in Oakley and Grainfield. He was in business for more than 60 years. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; five sons, Richard Hein, Lincoln, Neb., Terry Hein, Quinter, Steve Hein, Albuquerque, N.M., David Hein, Hays, and Mark Hein, Novato, Calif.; seven daughters, Kate Schmidtberger, Hays, Judy Ranson, Cindy McMillin and Tammy Archer, all of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jeanne Wilkins, Brisbane, Rene Johnson, Quinter, and Melissa Bradfield, Greeley, Colo.; three step-children, Nanetta Horton, Bruce Bananto and Anthony Bananto; a brother, Harold Hein, Arvada, Colo.; a sister, Sally Dinkel, Hill City; 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise (Hein) Scott; and a step-son, Joseph (Billy) Bananto.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Grainfield; burial in Grainfield Cemetery, with military honors by McConnell Air Force Base honor guard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a vigil, both at St. Agnes Religious Education Center, Grainfield.

Memorials are suggested to the American Legion, VFW, Grainfield Opera House or Masses in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 901 S. Main, Quinter, KS 67752.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.schmittfuneral.com.

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