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Rodney Heikkila

October 17, 1949 — March 30, 2021

Hibbing


Rodney Owen Heikkila, age 71 of Hibbing, MN, passed away on March 30, 2021 at his home with family by his side.  He was born in Chisholm, MN on October 17, 1949 to Onnie and Vienna (Karna) Heikkila.  Rodney attended Hibbing schools and graduated from Hibbing High in 1968.  He attended Hibbing Junior College and St. Cloud State where he received his Bachelor's Degree.  Rodney married his wife, Glenna Mapes in 1983, and worked as a metallurgical engineer at Hibbing Taconite where he retired after 30 years.  He enjoyed playing golf and traveling with the highlight trip being  to Australia in 1999.
Rodney is survived by his wife; Glenna (Mapes) Heikkila, stepdaughter; Jacquelyn St John both of Hibbing, MN, sisters; Joan (Clair) Kurschner of Prairie Farm, WI, Janice (Bill) Sampson of Janesville, WI, Margaret Kosola of Sante Fe, NM, Karen (Mike) Gzym of Longment, CO, Dianna (Jerry) Gibson of Hibbing, MN, Leone (Terry) Pierce of Kearrney, MO, Lora Heikkila of Chisholm, MN and brother; Tom Heikkila of Kelly Lake, MN and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Onnie and Vienna, sister; Dorothy Ylatapa and brothers; Richard Kosola, Raymond Kosola, Terry Heikkila and infant twin; Roger Heikkila.
Per Rodney's request there will be no services.  Thank you to his Fairview Hospice care team who are a group of special people doing a special job.  Memorials are preferred to Fairview Hospice.

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