Obituary for Michael Joseph Hein
Michael J. Hein, 71, joined his Savior Jesus in heaven, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his home in Atchison, KS.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, Atchison. Family will received visitors from 12:30-2 p.m. the same day. The family requests that memorial donations in honor of Mike be made to CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), and sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences and memories to the family may be left online at www.beckerdyer.com.
Mike was born on January 19, 1947 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Edwin and Mildred (Heggy) Hein. He attended schools in Merriam and Overland Park, KS, graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1972. Later he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia International University (previously Columbia Biblical Seminary) in 1988.
Mike used his engineering skills for thirty years at nuclear and coal-fired power plants around the nation. He helped to design the electrical system at Iatan Power Generating Station.
In 2001 he began a new career as a missionary in Romania where he taught at the Bucharest Baptist Seminary, at various churches, and in his home, emphasizing the strategic utility of small group development for church planting, evangelism and discipleship. He retired in 2011 and made his home in Atchison where he was involved in Bible studies and local politics.
Mike and the former Cherie Shuck were married on December 30, 1972. She survives of the home. Together they raised four children, moved from power plant to power plant, and served as missionaries, enjoying travel to many international destinations.
Mike loved Jesus. And he told nearly everyone he met that they needed Jesus to go to heaven. There will be a lot of people in heaven who welcome him because he told them how to meet Jesus, the One who had made a way for them to be in heaven. He often quoted Jesus from Revelations 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” Mike would want you to open the door of your heart to Jesus and join Him in heaven.
Mike is survived by his wife of 45 years, a brother, Robert Hein, and by four children: David (Susan) Hein-Griggs of Exeter, England; Sarah (Michael) Wilson of Atchison; Becky (Bill) King of Russellville, AR; and Jeff Hein of Augusta, GA, and twelve grandchildren: Isabella, Thomas, Rachel, and Elena Hein-Griggs; Benjamin, Timothy, Michaela, and Isaac Wilson; Abigail King; Corey and Arianna Hein and Jeremy Blacha.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Ed Hein.