Gary William Hecker, 74


October 15, 2022

Gary William Hecker, 74

Warroad, Mn / Orono, Mn - Gary William Hecker, age 74,  lived his life and left this world surrounded by women, just the way he liked it. Gary is survived by his loving wife, of 43 years, Linda, his daughters: Hannah (Josh) Holwell, Kacie Hecker, Katie Hecker and Talitha (Nate) Brateng who all adored him more than words, his grandchildren Koen, Tate and Vyla Holwell, Cecilia Fuery and Emma Brateng and his two sisters, Fay Hamlin and Wanda Sorenson.

Usually these writings contain a list of milestones, but this one is different. While Gary was brilliant, funny and adventurous, mostly he was kind. The kind of kind that invites strangers home for dinner, stops for every broken down traveler and gives away money he might not have, kind. Always quick to help, whether it was traveling into the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina or giving a car-less employee a ride home day after day. He lived "love your neighbor as yourself." Never one to raise his voice or speak an unkind word, Gary was quick to give the benefit of the doubt. His patience was endless and his love expressed. In a world such as ours, we could all be more like Gary. 

When people hear that Gary has passed, everyone says "he loved his girls so much." We know. It was mutual. There's nothing left unsaid. We'll think of you with every thunderstorm, metal detector, twinkling eyes, maple tree, whistle, or tone deaf tune. Who am I kidding, we'll always think of you. 

Gary's life will be celebrated on October 22 in Pacific City, Oregon. In memory of Gary, a random act of kindness is requested.


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