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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
Fax: 712-546-4710
Lawrence Hecht

Lawrence D. Hecht

Sunday, January 12th, 1936 - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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Lawrence D. Hecht, 84, of Merrill, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Unity Point Health in Sioux City, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at St. Joseph Church Ellendale, rural Merrill, Iowa. Father Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. Visitation with the family present will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Lawrence Dennis Hecht was born on January 12, 1936 in Merrill, Iowa, the son of Dennis and Violet (Anderson) Hecht. He attended elementary school and later graduated from Liberty Consolidated High School. Following school, Lawrence began farming with his family.

On February 4, 1967, Lawrence and Erma Thompson were united in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellendale. They made their home on a farm near the church. Lawrence served with the 185th Air National Guard in Sioux City, Iowa for 8 years.

Lawrence was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellendale. He also served on the cemetery committee. In earlier years, he enjoyed square dancing with Erma. Lawrence was skilled with machinery, woodworking and carpentry. In his later years he cultivated large gardens and rounded out most days with a crossword puzzle.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Erma Hecht of rural Merrill, Iowa; three daughters and their husbands, Diana and Tim Gehman of Indianola, IA, Susan Hecht and Len White of Culver City, CA and Cathy and Patrick Kearney of Des Moines, IA; a grandson, Brogan Kearney of Sergeant Bluff, IA; a sister, Collette Hughes and her husband, Skip of Arnolds Park, IA; and a brother, Ralph Hecht and his wife, Karen of Merrill, IA; and several nieces and nephews.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Helen Hecht.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:30am
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 9:00am - 10:30am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church Ellendale
    23533 K22
    Merill, IA
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Saturday, October 24th, 2020 10:30am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church Ellendale
    23533 K22
    Merill, IA
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    Fr. Bruce Lawler
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Ellendale
    21650 County Road K22
    MERRILL, IA 51038
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Marcia Conley

Posted at 08:32pm
Condolences to the Hecht family on the passing of Lawrence. I have fond memories of time spent out at the Hecht farm back when we were young goofy girls.

Brenda Jones Wiarda

Posted at 01:44pm
Lawrence always had a smile even though us girls (friends of Cathy) would sometimes be up to no good. May he Rest In Peace. Deepest sympathy to your family.

Kelli Bacon, Sara Nelson, Shannon Johnson, Jennife

Posted at 05:11pm
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Posted at 10:35am
We love you Uncle Lawrence, you will be missed.
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Duane Höefling

Posted at 10:35am
Erma,Diana,Susan,& Cathy,
You all have my deepest sympathy for the loss of Lawrence. He will be missed by everyone at Ellendale. He was always interesting to talk to and I learned a great deal from him. He will be missed but not forgotten. May he Rest In Peace, you all are in my thoughts & prayers. Duane Höefling

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