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Nick Heckman

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Nick Heckman age 57 of Lawler, IA, died Friday, January 28, 2022, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Private family interment will take place at a later date. Friends may greet the family 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory. Nick William Heckman was born December 16, 1964, in Postville, IA, the son of Leslie and Sherill (Rekow) Heckman. He grew up in the small Northeast Iowa town where he was born, and, as a boy, he loved his summers at the town pool. Nick received his education in Postville, where he was involved in football and baseball, before graduating with the Class of 1983. He furthered his education at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, where he majored in criminal justice. He worked several jobs — including at a cabinet shop and putting up hog-confinement buildings — before landing a job as an electrician at the Featherlite plant in Cresco in 1996. Accepting that job proved to be a wonderful decision for Nick, for not only did he shine in his work there for 22 years but it was at Featherlite where he met his future wife, Deb. The two were married on September 15, 2001, at Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Lawler. Nick loved his wife Deb and stepson Zach, and Deb welcomed Nick's sons Nicholas and Kristian into their beautiful blended family. They spent countless hours on their home, which was the old convent built in Lawler in the 1800s and was, as Deb put it, a fixer-upper. Nick was just the man to do the job. He had the patience of Job, he had a God-given talent for knowing just how to fix pretty much anything and everything, having a knack for cobbling things together and making them look absolutely beautiful. His son Zach remembers the Friday or Saturday evening trips to Menard’s and Walmart, which meant that the family “had something to do on Sunday.” Nick also loved his home’s flower beds, decorating for the holidays, and the legions of pets — they came in all sizes and many species, too — that the couple had over the years. One of his favorites was Bob, the chihuahua and weiner dog mix, who may have been the runt of his litter but who also captured Nick’s heart. After working more than 22 years at Featherlite, Nick took a job with Life Line Emergency Vehicles in Sumner, where he helped build ambulances until his health forced him into retirement. Nick was a longtime member of the Lawler Fire Department, and in many ways, he found his calling as a fireman. He loved the lights, the sirens, the brotherhood, and the camaraderie, no question about it. But what made his work as a fireman meaningful was that he was helping people. Throughout his life, that was Nick in a nutshell. He always put others before himself. Even as he battled health issues in recent years, he always kept a positive attitude and was always looking forward to the future. He and Deb always said, “we can do this,” and he put up a valiant and positive fight. Nick was strong, confident, and determined. Throughout his life, he was a great, loyal friend who exuded graciousness and kindness to everyone, including his wife, his children, his friends, his fellow firefighters, and those he helped on all those calls he took as a fireman. If someone needed help throughout his life, Nick was always there to offer a hand, and he will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife; Deb; three sons, Zach (Nikki) Njus of Polk City, IA, Nicholas Heckman of Ames, IA, Kristian (Aislinn) Heckman of Altoona, IA; two grandchildren, Malachi and Payton; parents, Les and Sherill Heckman of Mountain Home, AR; sister, Cori (Mario) Perez of AR; Brothers-in-law, Dennis (Connie) Njus of New Hampton, David Njus (Lisa) of Lawler; sisters-in-law, Dawn Njus of New Hampton, Samantha Njus of Lawler; nieces and nephews, Coral, Allie, Macie, and Nick Njus, Keira Myers, Chris Thies, Elizabeth Njus and Tyler Perez. Nick was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Lyle and Bernette Njus; brothers-in-law, Eric Njus and Greg Thies.

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  1. My Deepest Sympathy Deb and the entire families of Nick. Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss of loved one. May God give you peace and strength. Lyn (Meissen) Bailey

  2. Deb and family so sorry for your loss. Cherish all your memories and hold them close. May Nick rest in peace.

  3. So sorry to hear about your loved one, Nick. May his memories console you today. All our prayers to them. Jeanne and David Roder

  4. Beloved son and brother. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts and you will be deeply missed.

  5. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories console you. Our deepest sympathies to you and your extended families. Janel & Gary Kuennen

  6. Heckman family, so sorry for your loss. I remember all the fun times that Nick and I spent together as kids in Postville. Thinking of you during this tough time. Stu Fritz

  7. Deb, you and Nick were great to work with and know as friends. Nick and I had several talks that were great! I love we were able to reconnect in the past few months. I wish him much peace . I pray for you and all your family. God bless 🙏

  8. Sending prayers and condolences to my brothers, Nicholas and Kristian Heckman, along with their whole extended family. May love and peace be with you in your time of sadness.

  9. Nick was an amazing person and will be greatly missed by all in our clinic. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  10. Because of distance and circumstances were unable to attend. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you Deb, Zach, Kristian, and Nicholas. May he rest in peace and your loving memories live on forever.

  11. Thank you for this video. It was very helpful to see his life and the love of his family around him. Thank you

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