Leroy “Lee” Heikkila, 67, died Feb. 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1945, at Superior, Wis., to Eino and Alice (Humann) Heikkila. He married Cecilia Ross Sept. 1, 1996, at Great Bend. He was a drug and alcohol addictions counselor at Dream Inc. and worked in construction and painting.
Mr. Heikkila had been a Great Bend resident since 1980, coming from Billings, Mont. Lee enjoyed fishing with his grandsons, playing poker with his friends, drinking coffee on the porch with his wife, and watching the KU Jayhawks win.
Survivors include his wife, Cecilia Heikkila, of the home; one son, Scott Lund of Minneapolis, Minn.; two daughters,Tamara Hurd and her husband Robert of Rockwall, Texas, and Tysha Sharma and her husband Rajat of Upper Marlboro, Md.; one sister, Lola Marks of Minneapolis, Minn.; two brothers, Jerome Heikkila of Osseo, Minn., and Tim Heikkila of Tallahassee, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Robert Hurd, Aaron Hurd and Kenan Hurd; two nieces and two nephews; and his dog Dazzle.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, at Bryant Funeral Home, with Pastor Don Paden officiating. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Cares Inc., for Assistance Dogs, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home**
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 3, 2013