Dwane M. Heintz


(Feb. 28, 2006)

A memorial service was conducted at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell Friday, March 3 for Dwane Marvin Heintz, 55, who died Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Powell Valley Hospital after a four-year battle with cancer.

The deceased was the regional director of the Wyoming Small Business Development Center in Powell.

He was born Sept. 9, 1950, to Marvin and Lorraine (Barrick) Heintz in Lewistown, Mont. He spent most of his growing up years on a farm/ranch near Moccasin, Mont. He attended schools in Moccasin and Stanford, Mont., graduating from high school in Stanford in 1968.

He attended Montana State University-Bozeman where he received his degree in political science. Over the next several years, he worked various jobs in the Stanford area.

On Oct. 1, 1983, he married Ardyce Jensen. To this union, two sons were born, Kip and Hans Heintz. Dwane and Ardyce were later divorced.

Dwane worked on his father-in-law’s ranch from 1983-89. The family then moved to Joliet, Mont., and Dwane returned to college at MSU-Billings where he earned a business degree with accounting option in June 1992.

He moved to Sidney, Mont., in July 1993 and served as the executive director of the Eastern Plains Small Business Development Center until 1994. Then he moved to Powell to become the Region II director fo the Wyoming Small Business Development Center through the University of Wyoming. He served as director for a five-county area until the time of his death. He loved his job in Powell, especially crunching numbers and working with clients one-on-one.

His two boys came to live with him in Powell after the death of their mother in March 1999.

Survivors include his two sons, Kip (Erika) Heintz and Hans Heintz of Powell; his mother, Lorraine ReyHe was preceded in death by his father in 1980 and his ex-wife.

Funeral services were also held Monday, March 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stanford, Mont, with burial in Stanford Cemetery.