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Woodrow H. “Woody” Hecksel

Woodrow H. “Woody” Hecksel, age 85 of Watertown, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004 at his home.

Woody was born April 20, 1919 at Hollywood Township, Carver County, the son of Henry and Minnie (Lange) Hecksel. He was baptized May 4, 1919 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted by the Rev. W. L. Ernst, and confirmed by the same April 9, 1933.

Woody married Ardis A. Guetzkow Sept. 18, 1940 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Theodore Rolf. Woody and Ardis were married for 64 years.

A very family-oriented man, Woody loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted for 56 years, having served many church offices including financial secretary, elder, trustee, and on the building committee for the present church.

He was also a served as a board member of Oak Lake School in Watertown, the Woodland Township Board, and the Wright County Board.

Woody farmed his entire life, first with his father, then renting a few farms in Hollywood and Watertown townships, before buying a farm in Woodland Twp. He moved to Watertown in 2000.

He enjoyed raising and selling Belgian horses, and using them to carry wedding couples and give hay rides. He also did custom work for other farmers.

Woody was preceded in death by his daughter Janice Barfnecht; a son Dennis Hecksel; grandson Darwin Barfnecht; parents Henry and Minnie Hecksel; brothers Raymond and Wallace Hecksel; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Gustav and Lena Gutzkow.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ardis; children and spouses: Marlin and Marlene Hecksel of Watertown, Eldron and Sharon Hecksel of Winsted, June and Gerald Gongoll of Waverly, Joyce and Ronald Schmidt, and Jane and Ronald Dressel, all of Maple Plain; son-in-law and wife Donald and Diane Barfnecht of Watertown; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Woody is further survived by sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Luella Hecksel of Winsted, Vernice Narr of Watertown, and Harvanna and Clinton Spomer of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Watertown, with the Rev. Jeff Harter officiating. Interment was at Watertown Public Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Woody’s godchildren: Alan Hecksel, Jeffrey Hecksel, Marlow Hecksel, Ronald Jorgensen, Keith Spomer, and Russell Lange. Honorary casket bearers were godchildren Valeria Schubert and Oriel Wolff.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home, Waconia.

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