MADISON, Wis. — George Heine Jr., who worked for several furniture companies including Ethan Allen and Thomasville Furniture, died Sept. 14 at the age of 86 after a short illness.
Heine was born on May 12, 1934, in White Plains, N.Y., and attended Michigan State University where he received a degree in economics. George married Nancy Dickinson in 1956 and went to work for Thomas Furniture, the family furniture business in Orchard Lake, Mich.
The family moved to Winnetka, Ill., in 1972 when Heine became a furniture representative for Ethan Allen. Later, in 1976, he purchased the Ethan Allen Carriage House furniture store in Madison, Wis. He went on to open the Thomasville Furniture Gallery in Madison before retiring from the furniture business in 2009.
He is survived by his sister, three children and nine grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Agrace Hospice Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, Wis. 53711. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.