Lavern Wesley Hein, 86, died on January 23, 2014 in Wichita, Kansas.
LaVern was born on August 2, 1927 in Marion County, Kansas to Joe B. and Lydia (Winter) Hein.
LaVern obtained his plumbers license in Pratt, Kansas and later moved to Newton where he started Hein Plumbing. He retired from his business and farmed for many years. However, after LaVern sold his farming interests he would do various plumbing projects and once proclaimed he had crawled under his last house, as he neared his 80th birthday.
He served in the US Navy/ National Guard and was an active member of the Newton VFW. LaVern also earned the distinction of serving as Exalted Ruler of the Newton Elks Club and was a very active member of the organization. Long known for his love of America and those who have served, LaVern was recently awarded the Certificate of Continuous Membership for 60 years of membership and service to the American Legion.
He is survived by his children: Kenneth W. Hein and wife Marla, Kathryn L Hein-Garnatz and Bruce A. Hein; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lydia Hein; and three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, January 31, 2014. Visitation is scheduled on Thursday, January 30, for 5 P.M. to 9 P.M.; with family members attending from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Petersen Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Marion City Cemetery following the service, Friday afternoon.