Charley Heckaman, age 67 of Beach, N.D. passed away Sept. 19, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family in Beach.
Published September 26, 2013
A Memorial Service with military honors was held Sept. 23, 2013 at the United Community Church in Beach with Reverend Arlen Lundberg officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, N.D.
Charley was born March 7, 1946 in Beach, a son of Thomas W. and Mabel (Thielman) Heckaman. Charley was raised and educated in Beach where he attended Beach schools and graduated from Beach High School with the class of 1964. Following high school Charley attended Dickinson State College in Dickinson, N.D. and graduated with the class of 1968.
Charley entered the United States Army March 13, 1969 in Fargo, N. D. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant Oct. 16, 1971 at Fort Lewis, Wash. While in the Army, Charley served five tours of duty in Vietnam. While on leave in Thailand, Charley met his future wife, Boontuang “Nikki” Ruangkant and they were married Jan. 4, 1972 in Beach.
After returning home from the Army, Charley and Nikki lived in Beach where he started farming with his father. In addition to farming, Charley and Nikki owned and operated several business including the Dairy Queen, Hot Stop and Crazy Charley’s in the Beach and Medora, N. D. area. He was a member of the Beach Evangelical Church, Masonic Lodge, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Charley enjoyed music and taught himself to play the violin and keyboard at the age of fifty-five. He was an avid golfer and you could find him at the golf course in any weather condition. Charley especially loved his children and family and will be missed by all.
Charley is survived by his wife, Nikki of Beach, N.D.; one son, Chom Heckaman of Aurora, Colo.; one daughter, Kayla Heckaman of Beach; two brothers, Duane and his wife, Joan Heckaman of New Rockford, N. D. and Tom and his wife, Jo Heckaman of Beach; one sister, Aleta Heckaman and her husband, Jim of Beach; two special cousins, Jim VanHorn and Janice Abraham of Marmarth, N. D.; two loyal friends, Tim Sparks, of Red Lands, Calif. and Joe Keim of Minneapolis, Minn.; who were true to the end and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charley was preceded in death by his parents.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.