Heinz took his first ride on a celestial "Moto Guzzi" at 6 PM on June 16, 2020, as he zoomed away from this earthly life on the most heavenly hairpin course.


Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in a broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly  used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”



Born January 23, 1944, to Xaver and Anneliese Schmid, Heinz grew up with his younger sister, Hannelore, in Wurzburg, Germany.

In 1959, Heinz began a lifelong career with Konig & Bauer, a manufacturer of printing presses.  He moved to Chicago in 1971 with his wife, Hannelore Dettenbach, and young daughter, Alexandra, as he continued his career with K&B North America.  In 1980 he joined their sales departments in Atlanta and traveled extensively throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.

Along the road of life, Heinz met many diverse and influential people, and made lifelong friends with Americans and Europeans alike. To some he was a mentor, to other a tour guide on road trips, and to others a knowledgeable historian, and to all, he ws a trusted friend.

To Hannelor he was a beloved husband during an adventurous marriage – never a dull “ride” with Heinz! Besides his own car and motorcycle collection, he had a keen interest in antique European autos, and loved to read, especially history books. We will miss his wit, humor, and ever-present good will.