Bobby Heinsohn |

Bobby Heinsohn

Bobby Ray Heinsohn passed away peacefully on Oct. 22, 2012 ,at his Grass Valley, Calif., home. He was 80.

A celebration of his life will take place at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Nov. 3, 2012, at Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 South Church Street, Grass Valley.

Bobby was born on June 15, 1932, to Henry K. Heinsohn and Madge Heinsohn in Oklahoma. Bobby and his family left Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl and settled in Central California where Bobby grew up.

Bobby served as a flight navigator and played baseball for the U.S. Navy in his younger years. Bobby was married in 1953 to his young bride, Joan Van Horn.

During their 59-year marriage, Bobby and Joan raised five children and cared for over 100 foster children. Bobby had a fulfilling career as a high school teacher, sports coach, and boy scout leader. Among his many hobbies, Bob loved to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and golfing around the world. The foundation of his life was his deep faith in God and family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Heinsohn; sister, Peggy Belland; brother Jerry Heinsohn; loving daughters, Debra Jo (Tom) McKay, Wendy (John) Heinsohn; daughter-in-law, Debbie (Richard) Borrello; loving sons Douglas (Kandance) Heinsohn, Mike (Amy) Dalziel; 10 grandchildren, Ryan (Liz) Nunn-Gage, Penny Hey (Brian), Bobby, Dustin, Ashley, Travis, Trevor, Dean, Shane; and four great-grandchildren, Chloe, Caleb, John Dennis and Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Membership Department, P.O. Box 145550, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or the Grass Valley United Methodist Church Memorial Fund at

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