William E. “Billy” HeikkilaWilliam E. “Billy” Heikkila, 86 of Cromwell, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2013 in Duluth with his family at his side.
William E. “Billy” Heikkila, 86 of Cromwell, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2013 in Duluth with his family at his side.
He was born in Cromwell in 1927 to Art and Elvira Heikkila.
Billy was a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army, traveling the world before resettling in his hometown to raise his family. He was a formidable woodsman, an avid hunter, and never met a mechanical conundrum or crossword puzzle that he didn’t face head on and usually solve. He had a passion for the forest, sawmilling, Model T Fords and anything Thomas Paine ever penned. If you needed a helping hand, he was always there for you. If you needed a quick and incisive wit, he was more than up to the challenge. If you tried to pick up the tab for dinner, forget it. An inveterate tinkerer, he would rather build than buy something; in the same fashion he built his own life philosophy and lived on his own terms. The unique mix of humor, curiosity, generosity and hard work that Billy possessed made him a memorable character, and a fine person to have in one’s life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (Lindquist).
Billy is survived by his children, Mary Heikkila and Carolyn Henry-Johanson (Mark Johanson) both of St. Paul; grandchildren, Tyler Bartholomew, Zoe Bartholomew and Anna Lukens; brothers, Eino Heikkila of Phoenix and Raymond Heikkila of Cromwell, and his extended family.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 with a lunch with the family in the Cromwell Park Pavilion, 5577 Cromwell Park Drive, Cromwell, Minn. Billy was a man of the woods, and would be pleased to be remembered with a memorial to the Sierra Club North Star Chapter, 2327 E. Franklin Avenue #1, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
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