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Dean Hecksel, 49

Dean L. Hecksel, 49, of Mayer passed away on Saturday June 6, 2020.

Funeral service was Saturday June 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. George Morris officiating; visitation was Friday June 12 from 4-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday all at the church; interment was at Watertown Public Cemetery. Social distancing was observed.

Dean was born on January 19, 1971 in Watertown the son of Marlin and Marlene (Baumann) Hecksel.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. 

On November 26, 1994 Dean was united in marriage to Janelle Fink at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia.

Dean was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and uncle. He was taught some of his passions including bowling, snowmobiling, and boating at a young age and still couldn’t wait until each season was here to do it all again!

Dean proudly worked for his family-owned business, Hecksel Machine, Inc. for almost 30 years, showing incredible pride in the business and the integrity of their workmanship.

Dean adored his girls – wife Janelle, daughters Mara and Makenna – and they adored him. Every moment  together meant the world to all of them. He was their rock. 

Dean was filled with kindness, integrity, generosity, a sense of humor, and easy-going personality that was exuded to all of his family and friends. He would drop everything to be there in a heartbeat for anyone who needed it.

He loved to hang out with his friends and family doing any or all of his favorite things. He loved watching sports including the Minnesota Twins, but nothing riled him up more than a good ole’ Minnesota Vikings game (win or lose)! 

Dean loved to travel whether it was a beach vacation with Janelle, Disney World with his girls, family vacations “up north,” or snowmobiling with the guys.  

In one moment, the lives of all of the people he touched were changed forever.  He will be loved, and our memories will be cherished forever.   

Dean was preceded in death by his grandparents Woodrow and Ardis Hecksel, Ruben and Ellen Baumann; aunts, uncles and cousin.

Dean is survived by his loving family: wife Janelle; daughters Mara Hecksel, Makenna Hecksel; parents Marlin and Marlene Hecksel of Watertown; brothers and sisters-in-law Alan and Judy Hecksel of Plato, Dan and Kelly Hecksel of Mayer; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Carol Fink of Waconia; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Michelle and Will Langton of Orono; nieces and nephews Erica Hecksel, Ashton Hecksel, Payton Hecksel, Evelyn Hecksel, Cole Langton, Connor Langton; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Casket Bearers were Cole Langton, Connor Langton, Ashton Hecksel, Rodney Motzko, Craig Schmidt, and Dave Wicklund.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Erica Hecksel, Payton Hecksel, and Evelyn Hecksel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www.johnsonfh.com.

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