Earnest Heinrich – Benton, IL

Mr. Earnest Eugene Heinrich, age 78, of Benton, Illinois passed away at 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2023, at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton, with Rev. Donnie Coulson officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton. Masonic Rites will be observed at 12:30 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Mr. Heinrich was born on November 16, 1944, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the son of William August Heinrich and Clara (Shelton) Heinrich. He married the former Sharon Kay “Coke” Smith on March 17, 1968, and she preceded him in death on October 8, 2019.

Earnest was an Independent Insurance Agent for 60 years. He was a 43-year member of Frankfort Lodge #567 A.F. & A.M. of West Frankfort, Illinois., and he was a Christian.

He enjoyed going on walks, being outdoors, attending horse races, going to car auctions, staying busy, and spending time with his family.

Surviving is his loving family: Darren Heinrich and wife Jessi of New Cumberland, West Virginia, Eric Smith of Benton, Illinois, Haley Heinrich of Florida, Nathan Heinrich and wife April of Riverview, Florida; grandchildren: Anthony Heinrich and wife Cailah of Benton, Illinois, J’Dah Koger and husband Cyrus of Nokomis, Illinois, Dylan Heinrich and Mallory Heinrich of New Cumberland, West Virginia, Kaitlyn Flores and Johnathan Payan of Benton, Illinois; a great-granddaughter Halle Kate Heinrich. Also surviving are in-laws: Jim Smith and wife Virginia, Gene Smith, Gary Smith, Geneva Smith, Lenita Adams, Jeannette Tasky all of Benton, Illinois, Judy Ward of Du Quoin, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Earnest Heinrich, to Frankfort Masonic Lodge #567, and will be accepted at the Leffler Funeral Home.

To leave online condolences to the family, or to share memories of Earnie; visit www.lpfuneralhome.com.

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