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January 27, 1943 – Monday, April 30, 2012

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted
Friday, May 4, 2012
12 Noon

Visitation Information
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
4-8 P.M.

Eldron Lennis Hecksel, age 69, of Winsted passed away on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at Glencoe Long Term Care.

He was born on January 27, 1943 in Hollywood Township, Carver County the son of Woodrow H. & Ardis A. Guetzkow Hecksel.

Eldron was baptized on February 14, 1943 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Hollywood Township by Pastor W.L. Ernst. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 13, 1956 by Pastor Edgar Schroeder at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

He honorably served his Country in The National Guard.

In 1964, Eldron became associated with auctions. He later owned and operated Hecksel Auctions.

On April 19, 1969, Eldron L. Hecksel and Sharon L. Lauzer were joined in holy marriage at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. God blessed their marriage with four sons.

He was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Eldron formerly served as his congregations Chairman, Vice Chairman and was on the Building Committee. Eldron also belonged to Winsted American Legion Post # 407. He founded Winsted Legion Days and served over two decades. In 2011, Eldron was honorary Grand Marshall of Winsted Summer Festival’s Parade. Due to health reasons he was not able to be there.

Eldron loved his grandchildren, enjoyed auctions, was handy and liked to tinker with things and was always a people person!

Survived by his loving wife of forty three years: Sharon; four sons: Jeffery (Kelly) Hecksel of Lester Prairie, Brian (Karen) Hecksel of Winsted, Neil (Sharon) Hecksel of Lester Prairie and Jason (Karen) Hecksel of Silver Lake; grandchildren: Ashley, Elizabeth, Nathan, Christopher, Kala and Trenten; Steven, Kara, Sean, Benjaman & Joshua; Andrea, William and Samuel; a brother: Marlin (Marlene) Hecksel; sisters: Joyce (Ron) Schmidt and Jane (Ron) Dressel; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Woodrow & Ardis Hecksel, a nephew: Darwin Barfnecht, sisters: Janice Barfnecht and June Gongoll and by a brother: Lennis Hecksel.

Funeral services for Eldron Hecksel will be held on Friday, May 4th at 12 Noon at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Mark Loder will officiate.

Interment with military rites will follow at Winsted Public Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 3rd from 4-8 P.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. A Prayer service will be held on Thursday evening at 7:30 P.M.

Further visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Friday morning, May 4th.

Casket Bearers will be Ashley Hecksel, Steven Hecksel, Greg Gongoll, Ben Lauzer, Dan Hecksel and Scott Schmidt.

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