The Life of Robert J. Heinly

Robert J. "Bob" Heinly, 86, of Kutztown, died on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, in his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Carol M. (Bard) Heinly. They were married June 20, 1970. Born in Albany Township, he was a son of the late Harold J. Heinly and Jennie M. (Long) Kunkle. Robert honorably and faithfully served our country as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Korean War. Bob was an optician for 60 years. He spent 30 years with Bausch & Lomb, Reading, and was the owner/operator of Robert J. Heinly, Inc., Reading, until his retirement in 2001. Mr. Heinly served as a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Dispensing Opticians and also served as the president of the Berks County Association of the Blind for 30 years. Robert was involved in many other community organizations including, Charter Member of the Kutztown HOBOs (Help Others Before Ourselves) where he served as a past president; past president of Kutztown Lions Club; Kutztown Fire Company where he served as Vice President, Financial Secretary, and participated in their bowling league; Kutztown Borough Zoning Board; Lyons Fire Company Senior Softball League, Checkered Flag Fan Club, Kutztown Little League Coach, Kutztown High School Basketball Statistician (1957-1964) The Heinly family would like to extend a special thank you to Nurse Sue D. & the Asera Team of caregivers.

In addition to his wife of 48 years, Carol, Robert is survived by daughters, Jennifer L. (Heinly) Kurelia, companion of Jim Wright, Kutztown; Roslyn A. Heinly, companion of Nick Dreibelbis, Kutztown; Carol B. Adam, Ashland, Oregon; Sons, Jeffrey L., husband of RoseMary V. (Vetter) Heinly, Sinking Spring; and Bruce D. Adam, companion of Lisa J. Geiger, Fleetwood. Other survivors include grandchildren: Abigaile, Owen, Ian, Jason, Shannon, Jed, Olivia, Jordan, Christian, and Madeline; Great Grandchildren: Anthony, Bradley, Ellie and Nova. There is also a nephew, Kenneth Heinly and a niece, Anna Fanja. Robert was predeceased by brothers Kenneth and Leroy Heinly.

The family will host a Celebration of Life 'Happy Hour' on Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 5:00-7:00 PM in the banquet hall of the Kutztown Fire Company, 310 Noble Street, Kutztown 19530.

The family requests contributions be made to the HOBOs, 325 Trexler Avenue, Kutztown, PA 19530.

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, assisted the Heinly family with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be recorded at

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Posted by Shannon K on 12/2/2018

Community Servant

Mr. Heinly will be greatly missed by the eye care community. He served our patients well with quality work and dedication to detail. He worked tirelessly for the visually impaired in Berks County through the Blind Association and was instrumental in getting me involved with that organization. I am proud to have known him.

Dr. Dawn Hornberger, Berks Family Eyecare, Optometrist

Posted by Dawn H on 12/4/2018