2008-07-31 / Obituaries

A. Victor Abnee III

A. Victor Abnee III A. Victor Abnee III A. Victor Abnee III, 56, of Chicago and a seasonal resident of Cedarville, died Friday, July 25, 2008, following a brief illness.

Known as Victor by many in his later years, he was known as "Trip" in his youth and throughout his years in the Les Cheneaux Islands.

He was born in 1952 in Cincinnati to A. Victor Abnee, Jr and Doris Heuck Abnee. The family made their home primarily in Winnetka, Illinois, where Trip was graduated from New Trier High School. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1966 and was proud of it his whole life. He studied mathematics at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and business at The University of Chicago. He worked in business for several years, but in 1986 he married Nina Louise Heagstedt of Wilmette, Illinois, and soon after retired to his growing family and to volunteer in his communities.

He spent every summer of his life at the Rose Point compound on LaSalle Island, owned by his family since the late 1800s. The famed Heuck Boat House on the channel across from Cedarville is probably the most photographed and painted boat house in the islands, family members say. There, he would entertain and putter around in boats. A pirate picnic through Boselys Channel or to Bush Bay in the family's WWI life boat was a regular occurrence, as was a pleasure sail in his Ensign sailboat, Plein Aire. He continued the tradition started by his mother of making their 1937 Chris Craft, Trident, the first entry each year in the Antique Wooden Boat Show. He was a member of the Les Cheneaux Yacht Club.

Mr. Abnee was active in the community, serving on various boards in the Chicago area, including nine years as treasurer of the Near North Montessori School. He was a partner in Loop Associates, a Chicago investment club, and served as presiding partner. In Cedarville, he served several terms on the board of the Les Cheneaux Islands Association and one term as president. He continued to serve as chair of the Past-Presidents Committee until his death.

Mr. Abnee is survived by his wife, Nina Heagstedt Abnee, and two daughters, Louise Heagstedt Abnee and Ellen McKey Abnee of Chicago; his father, A. Victor Abnee, Jr. and family friend Ruth Shanfeld of Chicago, Tucson, Arizona and Cherry Hill, New Jersey; a sister and her husband, Janice Abnee Williams and Allen H. Williams of Cedarville, and by many cousins and friends.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Near North Montessori School, 1434 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622, or to the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation, PO Box 249, Cedarville, MI 49719. Mr. Abnee asked that the Foundation spread such donations among the Les Cheneaux Islands Association, the Les Cheneaux Community Library, the Maritime Museum, the Great Lakes Wooden Boat Building School, and the Les Cheneaux Watershed Council.

Memorial services will be at the Cedar Cemetery gazebo in Cedarville Wednesday, August 6, at 1 p.m.

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