June Claire Heckenlaible, nee Hune Kaihu Renata, age 95, Chino, Calif., passed away on Jan. 24, 2020 with her family by her side.
June was born and baptized in the Church of England, New Zealand, on June 10, 1924 and lived with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hills, until 1930. She graduated from Hamilton Tech in 1940.
In 1944, June met her husband, Walfred “Coppy” Heckenlaible, and they married Oct. 13, 1944 in Saint Matthew’s Cathedral Church in Auckland, New Zealand. Coppy was in the U.S. Navy and his shipped docked in New Zealand. They celebrated their 66th anniversary in 2010.
In 1946, June and Coppy came to Freeman, S.D., where they farmed for nine years. In 1956, the family moved to Anaheim, Calif., where June was employed by Minute Maid; Brea Police Department, where she was one of the first women police officers; Western Airlines; and for the city of Anaheim.
June enjoyed collecting thimbles, painting on saw blades, and agate rock. She traveled across the world when she worked for Western Airlines and by R.V. across the U.S.
June is survived by son Glynn, Las Vegas, Nev.; daughters: Alana (Darian) Liepelt, Spokane, Wash., Xina Renata, Belmont Shore, Calif., Yvette (Matthew) Kohlenberger, Placentia, Calif., Risé Smith, Chino, and Reneé Heckenlaible, Chino; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren and one niece and goddaughter, Karen (Michael) Hansen, Fort Scott, Kan..
June was preceded in death by her husband, Coppy Heckenlaible; son Ricky Heckenlaible; her mother, Ethel Hills; her father, Kaihu “Guy” Renata; and her granddad, Charles Hills, who raised her.
A time of celebration was held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Freeman on Friday, Feb. 7, with Rev. Terry Makelin officiating. Jane Kleinsasser was the organist with Glynn Heckenlaible, Logan Smith, Mason Dembowski, Stewart Heckenlaible, Kelly Knodel and Mike Hansen serving as pallbearers. Internment was at the Freeman City Cemetery.