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Eldred Heikell

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Eldred (El) Arthur Heikell, 78, of Goldendale Washington died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his wife and children on August 30, 2013, after a brief battle with bladder cancer. El was born in Yakima, WA on September 14, 1934. He grew up in Wapato, WA with two brothers, two sisters and a foster sister. El attended college at Central Washington University until joining the Army. As a young man, he worked for the US Forest Service on the American Ridge Fire Lookout, and followed with a career as a Forest Service Check Scaler. El retired in 1989 as Region Six(6) Check Scaler for the National Forests in Washington, Oregon and Northern California.

El married Joan in 1972 and raised their children in Beaverton, OR. He and Joan built their retirement home on 20 acres in Goldendale, WA on weekends before retiring there.

He was a life-long motorcycle rider, taking many summer trips all over the western US and introducing his kids and grandkids to motorcycles. His hobbies included wood-working, with his wood-working projects being sought after items at the annual Heikell Family Reunion gift exchange. El also enjoyed competition target shooting and hunting. Between himself and Joan there were five kids, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He loved them all and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife Joan Thompson Heikell; his sons Mark Heikell with Esther Heikell of Lynnwood, WA and Eric Heikell with Jeff Howard of Moses Lake, WA; his daughters Nita Heikell of Goldendale, WA and Dorothy Heikell with Kevin Smith of Moses Lake, WA; and his brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

El was preceded in death by parents Lorence and Iris Heikell, grandson Scott Heikell, nieces Andrea Simpson and Deanne McAdams, foster sister Dorothy Brown, and life-long friends Boone and Nell Richie.

A memorial service for Eldred will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Adventist Better Living Center, 59 Bickleton Hwy, Goldendale, WA, Pastor Ken Akins officiating.

Interment of remains will be at Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, WA.

 

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