Gerald James Heikkila
Gerald James Heikkila, 72, Virginia, formerly of Hibbing, died Monday April 16, 2012, at the Virginia Convalescent Care Center. He was born in Hibbing on August 29, 1939, to Ottie P. and Cecelia A. Heikkila. After his father was killed in World War II, his mother married Joseph Vesel and Gerald was raised by his mother and step-father. He graduated from Hibbing High School in 1957 and had attended Hibbing Community College. Gerald served in the US Army and had worked at Hibbing Office Supply. He enjoyed playing in a band with his cousin, Herbie Jacobson.
He is survived by 3 brothers, Dennis Vesel, Joey Vesel, and Edward Vesel, all of Hibbing; and a nephew, Jerry Vesel of Hibbing. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his step-father.
Funeral services for Gerald will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.doughertyofhibbing.com.
A limb has fallen from the family tree. I keep hearing a voice that says â€śGrieve not for me.â€ť Remember the best times, the laughter, the song. The good life I lived while I was strong. Continue my heritage, Iâ€™m counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering all, how I truly was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, donâ€™t worry about fall. I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin until the day comes weâ€™re together again.