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October 15, 1946 to January 20, 2020- Gary D. Heckmon passed away peacefully and with dignity at his home on Monday January 20, 2020.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gary D. HeckmonGary D. Heckmon passed away peacefully and with dignity at his home on Monday, January 20, 2020 After a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Gary was born on October 15, 1946 to Raymond and

Maxine (Oswald) Heckmon in Butler Pennsylvania. He was

raised on the family farms in Cooperstown, Pennsylvania and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1965, he Moved to Estacada, Oregon which remained his home until his passing.

Gary's passion was for being in the outdoors, consequently he spent the first twenty years of his

career as a logger in the state of Oregon. He later

worked outdoors for Portland General Electric

company from which he retired in 2006.

Gary had a special affection for animals, in

particular the many horses that he owned and rode

throughout the mountain forests of Oregon. He

also loved his dogs Blackie and Brownie, who were

his constant and loving companions during his long

journey with Alzheimer's disease.

Gary is survived by his mother, Maxine Heckmon,

Mt Holly Springs Pa., brothers James (Linda)

Heckmon, Gardners, Pa, and Mark (Natalie)

Heckmon, Woodstock, IL. And three nephews, Ryan

Heckmon, Drew Heckmon, and Tim Schwartz and

good friend Brad Barber. He was preceded in death

by his father, Raymond Heckmon.

The family would like to thank and recognize

Gary's care givers, (lifelong friend Melodie Morrison

Charlton, Susan Gray, Monty Moss and Yuri

Prassolof) for their long-term dedicated service to

Gary during the past twelve years as well as the staff

(Nurse Marci) at Mt Hood Hospice, Sandy, Oregon

for their professional and caring service.

Memorials in Gary's name can be sent to: Mt

Hood Hospice 39065 Pioneer boulevard #103 Sandy,

Oregon 97055.

A celebration of life will be held Feb. 22nd from

4-7PM at Cazadero restaurant, Estacada, Oregon.

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