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HEINE, Paul Ashman 1971-2007


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 8/14/2014 at 00:41:56

[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Sunday, April 15, 2007]

WATERLOO - Paul Hein*, the owner of Pablo's Mexican Grill, and a puppy he and his fiancee bought together, died early Saturday from injuries in a car accident.

The 35-year-old Waverly man was driving east on Orange Road at about 2:43 a.m. when his car rolled several times after leaving the road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 218.

Hein had just become engaged on Feb. 18, said Lee Cronkhite, Hein's friend and business partner. He had dropped off his fiancee at her home and was driving back to his home with the couple's new black Labrador puppy, Bo..

"Paul didn't like the name," Cronkhite said. "He thought it sounded too much like 'No.'"

Friends of the couple say they were planning to build a house together. The friends would only identify Hein's fiancee as "Jessica."

Cronkhite and Hein opened Pablo's in March 2004 on Main Street in Cedar Falls, and recently opened a store in Waverly. Brian Miller is general manager at that location.

Both operations remained open Saturday, Cronkhite said, but will close on Tuesday for Hein's funeral. Plans are also in the works to build a third location near Crossroads in Waterloo, as well as a homemade tortilla and salsa shop. Cronkhite said he'll continue with the expansion.

"We decided to keep the store up and running. We're sure that's what he would have wanted," he said.

Indeed, Hein was quoted in The Courier in November as approving of expansion in moderation.

"Down the road years from now, if they see a Pablo's in Lexington, Ky., they're going to know they can get a chicken burrito just like they get in Cedar Falls, Iowa," Hein had said.

With Hein's death, Cronkhite will now step up to full ownership.

Cronkhite said Hein's passion for good, spicy food led him to quit his job at Dynamic Broadband several years ago to focus on running the business.

Friends gathered Saturday at the Cedar Falls restaurant. They said Hein was much more than just a great cook.

He was a world traveler, visiting places like Nicaragua, all over Europe and New Zealand. He was a dog lover and owner of two surviving pets. He was also planning on making his and Jessica's house a "green" house, with energy-efficient appliances.

"He was very conscientious about the environment," friend Darin Long said.

He had taught friend Kris Richardson how to make pottery on a wheel. She says she remembers Hein loved hot sauce so much, his entire refrigerator door was filled with the best varieties.

"The best times of my life were hanging around with Paul," Richardson said.

[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Monday, April 16, 2007]

WAVERLY - Paul Ashman Heine, 35, of Waverly, died Saturday, April 14, 2007 in a motor vehicle accident near Waterloo.

He was born Oct. 18, 1971, in Bethesda, Md., son of Ted and D'Arcy Ashman Heine. He attended school in Waverly through the 11th grade and graduated in 1990 from St. John's Preparatory, Collegeville, Minn. He then attended California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Calif., graduating in 1994. He returned to Iowa where he engaged in a number of pursuits, including opening Pablo's Mexican Grill on the parkade in Cedar Falls in 2004 and opening a second Pablo's in Waverly in February.

Survivors include his father of Shell Rock; a sister, Tricia (John) Silbernagel of Madison, Wis.; and his fiancee, Jessica Joy of Cedar Falls.

Preceded in death by his mother.

Memorial services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wartburg Chapel, Wartburg College, Waverly. There will be no public visitation. The family will greet friends for an hour before services Tuesday at the Wartburg Chapel. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, is assisting the family.

Memorials may be directed to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's) Association or Cedar Bend Humane Society.


* Correct spelling of surname is Heine.
Burial at Harlington Cemetery, Waverly.


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