Alvin W. Heck


November 8, 1922 - February 20, 2014


Alvin William Heck was born in Ethan, SD on November 8, 1922 to Adolph and Katherine (Weber) Heck.  He was raised on a farm near Ethan and attended Ethan Public School 12 years, graduating in 1941.  He had five brothers - Vic, Herbert, Joseph, John, Adolf Jr. and one sister, Rosie Phillips.  Still living are his stepbrother, Elmer and stepsister, Margaret.

Soon after graduation, Alvin enlisted in the Navy in February of 1943, serving on the USS Golden City (AP-169) as a Storekeeper Second Class.  His ship saw action during World War II in the Philippines, Guam and New Guinea.  He was discharged from the Navy on February 1946 and moved to Mitchell, SD.

He had many jobs in South Dakota including Buche Grocery of Mitchell, The Rendering Company of Mitchell, REA of Miller, REA of Mobridge, Irwin Typewriter of Mitchell, Sheesley Plumbing of Mitchell, and finally Al’s Engraving of Mitchell.

Alvin was married to Eileen Beryl Finkenbiner on April 12, 1944 in San Francisco, CA.  The couple had three children, Dennis, Cindi and Mark.  He had one grandchild, Riley.

He was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  Alvin was very active in the Mitchell community serving in the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, and the Elks.  In his later years he was a volunteer at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital.

He enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards, gardening and fishing with his sons and grandson.

Grateful to have been a part of his life are his son, Dennis and Karen Heck of Redondo Beach, CA; his daughter Cindi and Doug Lillibridge of Upland, CA; his son Mark Heck of Mitchell, SD; and his grandson, Riley, son of Mark and Shawna Heck.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and his wife.


Monday, February 24, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kelly Hills on February 26, 2014
Cindi, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. May you find peace in the days to come.
Posted by Ed & Berniece Pravecek on February 24, 2014
So sorry to hear. Of Al's passing. We have very fond memorys and good times
Spent with he & Tooti. We miss all the good times we spent with them
Posted by Mark Engelbrecht on February 24, 2014
My deepest sympathies to all of you during this time. My thoughts and prayers going your way, God bless.
Posted by Chris Paustian on February 24, 2014
I have many fond memories of working with Al during my years at Mitchell Tech. He was our 'go-to-guy' for signage, name plates, and other engraving needs that we had. It was a privilege to know him. Blessings to his family. Chris Paustian
Posted by Rosalie & Elwin Hohn on February 23, 2014
Mark, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, I always enjoyed visiting with your dad at Brady's when I came to spend time with my mom, we extend our deepest sympathy to all.
Posted by Lisa Larson on February 22, 2014
It was a honor to get to know Al and be a part of his life at Brady. He always had a hug, huge grin, giggle and kiss for me! He was a charmer and always made me smile! Sorry for your loss!
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