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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Perry LaVern Hekkel
January 7, 1948 - June 5, 2021

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Culbertson, MT
Age: 73



Perry Hekkel, 73, passed away at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson on June 5, 2021.

Perry LaVern Hekkel was born January 7th, 1948 in Williston, North Dakota to John “Pete” and Lorena Hekkel. Perry was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson. Pete and Lorena raised Perry to first have faith in God, to be polite and respectful, and to love everyone.

Perry attended school in Culbertson. He was very proud of his job as a worker for S & S Sanitation, serving Culbertson, Bainville, and Froid. He was off to work early mornings for six years, never missing a day of work. After that, he also worked for two additional garbage truck businesses.

Perry’s sister, Marcia “Marcie”, was a constant and inseparable companion. Perry always looked out for and protected his little sister. On one occasion, Marcie and Perry walked to school and the weather turned chilly during the day. When they returned home that afternoon, Marcie had on Perry’s warm jacket and Perry was squeezed into Marcie’s tiny sweater because he didn’t want his sister to be cold. Marcie helped Perry with a special hooked rug craft that when finished was turned into a pillow. She patiently took each strand of wool and handed it to Perry so he could ‘hook’ them into the pattern. Perry kept ‘Fox’ beside him always, his treasure. Marcie’s favorite endearment was to call Perry ‘Harry Pickle’.

Perry’s cousins meant the world to him. Whenever he saw one of them, his face would light up a room. With large families on both sides, there are countless memories of cousin fun. On the farm, building a clubhouse, playing outside, and cousin birthday parties, to name a few. As an adult, Perry loved being in on all birthday celebrations and family gatherings. He thoroughly enjoyed making trips to Williston to Walmart with cousin Sharon Salvevold, having a hamburger and Pepsi after shopping. Sharon gave him much time, attention, and care over the years. Perry loved riding his bike. He enjoyed morning coffee hour at the Wild West Diner with his dad and cousin Larry Hekkel, drinking his favorite, a Pepsi. Every one of Perry's 40+ cousins loved him dearly and has precious memories to keep in their hearts forever.


Perry loved animals. His favorite pet as a child was a white pig named The Judge. The Judge followed Perry everywhere on the farm. Often, he would comment, “Here comes The Judge!” In later years, his dog, Barfy, was dear to his heart.

Perry was full of good humor and loved to laugh. He was pure love, kindness, and a very joyful soul who knew and loved Jesus as his Savior.

Survivors include his loving mother, Lorena Hekkel; aunts, Adeline Rasmussen, Jeanie Hekkel, Christine Jensen, Ila Mae Mattingley, and Mavis Schledewitz; cousins and cousins once and twice-removed.

Perry was preceded in death by his father, Pete; his sister, Marcia; his grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.


Memorial Contribution
To honor Perry’s love of children, memorials may be given to Ike’s Fishing Pond and Walking Trail.
Thank You
Gracious thanks to all who brightened Perry’s days in any way, especially all the staff at Roosevelt Medical Center who gave him excellent care and made him feel at home over the past eight years.

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Cheryl Simpson (Ray, ND)
Jun 5, 2021
So very sorry for your loss. What a teddy bear that was hiding in that tall man. RIP Larry....
Valerie and Gary Jzyk (Oakley, CA)
Jun 6, 2021
Aunt Lorena, We are so sorry for your loss. Perry was a great son and cousin and will be missed. He is with Pete and Marcy now, so he is at peace.
Chole D Crosby (Sidney, MT)
Jun 6, 2021
I am very sorry for your loss.
God Bless.
Valerie and Gary Jzyk (Oakley, CA)
Jun 6, 2021
A couple of pictures to remember Perry's smile
Myrna & George Elgee (Juneau, Alaska)
Jun 7, 2021
Perry, Marcie, Claudine and Myrna in the late 50’s.
We’re so sorry to hear of Perry’s passing. Though unable to be there for the service, know that we’re thinking of you and praying for comfort for Aunt Lorena. Our love, Myrna and George
Lori Canyon (Brockton, MT)
Jun 7, 2021
Lorena,
So sorry for your loss.. I used to work there for 10 yrs and seen Perry every day..I loved his smile, it was always welcoming to see...will miss him...Lori Canyon
Ardis Neumann (Billings, Mt)
Jun 8, 2021
Lorena, So sorry to hear about Perry. Perry always had a smile and was definitely happy to see us. What a guy!!! Ardis and Jerry
Annie Edwards (Lindsay , MT)
Jun 8, 2021
So deeply grateful to have known Perry, he truly was a joyful soul. I will always remember him and his big smile fondly.
Nancy Moquist (Anaconda , Montana )
Jun 8, 2021
We are deeply sorry Aunt Lorena of Perry’s passing but we truly believe he is at peace with Uncle Pete and Marcie. We wish we could be at the services we’ll be there in spirit and will watch online.RIP Perry — Love Kyle and Nancy Moquist
Tammie McCormick (Culbertson , Mt)
Jun 8, 2021
Sorry to hear of Perry’s passing, keeping you all in thoughts & prayers!
Daryl Flagen (Harvey, ND)
Jun 8, 2021
Lorena, Perry lived a good life. I have many memories of our families getting together when we lived down the hill on the Rogney farm from you. Life was simple for all of us and getting together as neighbors was great. Daryl Flagen
Nancy Moquist (Anaconda , Montana )
Jun 9, 2021
We are deeply sorry Aunt Lorena of Perry’s passing but we truly believe he is at peace with Uncle Pete and Marcie. We wish we could be at the services we’ll be there in spirit and will watch online.RIP Perry — Love Kyle and Nancy Moquist
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