The Obit For Len Heinbigner

Leonard F. "Seed" Heinbigner

Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from September 27 to September 28, 2011

Leonard F. "Seed" Heinbigner, age 83, of Oshkosh, died Monday, September 26, 2011 at Evergreen. He was born September 15, 1928 in Oshkosh to Fredrick and Christine (Gerlach) Heinbigner. Many people knew him as "Seed" because it was rumored that he grew four inches in one summer. Len graduated from Oshkosh High School, lettering in baseball, basketball and golf. He went on to be the first local kid to be signed to the Oshkosh Giants Professional Baseball team in 1947 and played for a total of six years on various teams.

Len was an outstanding baseball player, known as one of the best second basemen of his time, he led the league in doubles in 1948 and later, with the help of Rocky Colavito, an outfielder from the Cleveland Indians, Len became an outstanding homerun hitter. Len's baseball career took him all around the country, he played in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Iowa to name a few places on teams ranging from the professional to the semi-pro.

After he left baseball and moved back to Oshkosh he continued his love of sports and was the first golfer to hit a hole-in-one on a par four hole at Lakeshore Golf Course during the Oshkosh City Golf Championship. When he was not playing sports he worked for Kimberly-Clark in Neenah for 32 years and was always dreaming up sports related inventions. He was known for inventing the football practice target in 1972, the net kickers use to practice their kicking technique with minimal ball-return time and eliminated the need for a companion catcher.

Len is going to be forever loved and remembered by his beloved significant-other of 28 years, Lois Adrian of Oshkosh; his son, Kurt (Jill) Heinbigner of Stillwater, Minnesota and his children, Renee (Dusty) Dennis and their son Gavin, John Heinbigner, Sarah Heinbigner and Evan Heinbigner; daughter, Michelle Heinbigner of Minneapolis, Minnesota and her daughter Ashley and her children Cameron and Brenden; two sisters, Janet Metko, Christy (Reverend Jack) Koch; brother-in-law, Charlie Koehn; Lois's children, Lee (Frida) Adrian, John (Lyn) Adrian, Jim Adrian, Mark (Kim) Adrian, Barbara (Paul) Grassl; Lois's 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; former spouse, Patricia Graves; many nieces, nephews and special God-child Debbie. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sister, Lenore Koehn; sister, Delores (Carl) AuClair; brother-in-law Kenneth Metko.

Funeral service for Len will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 N. Sawyer Street with Reverend Jeffrey Knoll officiating. The family will greet friends at church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions in Leonard's name be made to Zion Lutheran Church. Please visit to send online condolences to the family.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Blaha, Dr. Lake, the staff at Aurora Medical Center and Evergreen for the care that was given to Len. As well as everyone who came to visit Len, especially Reverend Jeffrey Knoll and Ritchie Cole, the family cannot express how much that time meant to them and Len.