Edward Keith Heikkenen, 85, life-long Brainerd resident, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022, at Good Samaritan Village – Woodland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 21, 2022, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to Mass. Interment with Military Honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery.
Ed was born May 21, 1936, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Koeppl) Heikkenen. After graduating from high school, he furthered his education at Brainerd Junior College (CLC) until he was drafted. He served in the US Army for two years. Upon his return home, Ed began his career at Crow Wing County. He enjoyed his job designing bridges and roads.
He was a true outdoorsman and loved to hunt, fish and snowmobile with his boys. He was a life-long member of St. Francis Catholic Church, and Ed’s faith was paramount in his life. Although he could be stubborn as a mule, Ed’s big heart caved quickly if children or animals were involved. Above all, Ed loved his family, and their time together was always cherished. He truly was just a nice guy.
He will be missed by his wife of 63 years, Colleen; sons, Tom and Jon; daughter, Amy; grandson, Jake; sister, Carol Norris; and niece, Beth. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jonathon and his parents.
Memorials are preferred to H.A.R.T. in Brainerd.