Service Date: February 15th, 2020 , 11:00 a.m., Saturday
Service Location: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Camrose, AB
Dennis Richard Heck was born on April 20, 1935, to Peter and Clara Heck. Dennis was raised on a farm less than 2 miles northeast of Bodo, Alberta with 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Dennis attended school at both Henderson, near the family farm, and then at Bodo until Grade 10, before returning to full-time farming with his dad. Dennis met his beautiful bride, Linda Caroline Gramlich, in the Bodo area and they were married on October 10, 1960. Dennis and Linda started their own farm ¼ of a mile from Dennis’ childhood home and enjoyed a lifetime of farming and raising their 4 children, Trent, Blaine, Marilyn and Tracey, until Dennis and Linda retired in 2009 and moved to Camrose, Alberta.
Dennis was a tremendous athlete and especially excelled at both hockey and baseball for many years. He was so proud to share the ice with his sons, and coach his daughters in softball. His love of hockey and baseball continued in his retirement years by watching his grandchildren play the sports that they loved, and slipping them a toonie for playing such a good game!
Dennis touched on many lives over the years through his involvement in the Bodo Community, camp grounds and cemetery, his work with Bodo Oilfield Maintenance, Bodo Angels and A’s ball teams, and Bodo Oilers hockey team. Dennis was a true example of kindness, humility, generosity, honesty, and unconditional love, and he earned respect from all who knew him through his truly kind soul and living his life through his faith. In his eyes, he was the richest man in the world surrounded by the family and friends that meant everything to him.
Dennis is survived by his wife Linda, his children Blaine (Gail), Marilyn (John) and Tracey (Dan) and grandchildren Chris (Kelsey), Nathan, Jamie, Madison, Branson, Taylor, Randi and Carylanne. Also survived by brothers Marcus, Allan (Doreen), sisters Dorothy (Roger), Eva, and Eileen (Dave), sister-in-laws Sophie, Lorraine, Martha, Lillian (Wilfred), Doris (Leonard), and Rita, brother-in-law William (Grace) as well as many loved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Clara, his son Trent, his brother Albert, and in-laws, Adele Heck, Chris and Joyce Gramlich, Leo Gramlich, Herman Gramlich, Harold Loades, and Sam Neigum.
Dennis, you have no idea what you meant to those closest to you, as you were too humble. You inspire your kids and grandkids everyday to be the best we can be. We are all blessed to have walked the same path with you, and look forward to walking with you again.
Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Camrose, AB with Father Joby Augustin presiding. Interment will take place at the Provost Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.