Obituary for Rev. Gene Heglund

Gene Harold Heglund was born January 21, 1935 in Red Wing, MN. The son of Harold and Elaine (Carlson) Heglund, he attended local public schools and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1953 where he played on the championship basketball team. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Wing. Gene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College where he played on the college baseball team and served as captain his senior year. Gene graduated from St. Olaf College in 1957 and married his college sweetheart, Margaret Halverson in August 1957 at […]

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Gene Harold Heglund was born January 21, 1935 in Red Wing, MN. The son of Harold and Elaine (Carlson) Heglund, he attended local public schools and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1953 where he played on the championship basketball team. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Red Wing. Gene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College where he played on the college baseball team and served as captain his senior year. Gene graduated from St. Olaf College in 1957 and married his college sweetheart, Margaret Halverson in August 1957 at Boe Memorial Chapel. Gene and Margaret were blessed to be the parents of two children, Andrew Gene born June 7, 1963 and Siri Margaret born December 12, 1971. Gene earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1961 and was ordained a Lutheran Pastor. He served parishes at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota; Grace Lutheran Church in Casper, Wyoming; and St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. After retirement in 1998, Gene worked as a visitation/senior ministry pastor at Grace Lutheran in Andover, Minnesota until 2016 when he and his wife Margaret moved to Columbia, Missouri to be near their daughter Siri and family. They attended St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Gene is survived by his wife of 61 ½ years, Margaret; son Dr. Andrew (Nichole) Heglund of Reno, Nevada; daughter Siri (Dr. Richard) Geenen of Columbia, Missouri; and grandchildren Solveig and Linnea Geenen and Isaiah and Matthew Heglund. Also surviving are his brother James (Mary Beth) Heglund and sister Susan (Duane) Wallin, nieces, nephews, and sisters-in-law: Lyla Arneson, Gloria (Arvid) Boyum, Arlys (Darrell) Wiese, and Maxine Halverson. Gene was preceded in death by parents Harold and Elaine Heglund; his mother and father-in-law Eddie and Helen Halverson; sister-in-law Elna Hansen; and brothers-in-law Gordon Halverson, Ralph Arneson, and Sherwin Hansen.

A memorial service/celebration of life will be at 11:00am, Saturday, June 1, 2019, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.  A reception will follow.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Private interment will be in Trondhjem Cemetery, Lonsdale.
Memorials are preferred to St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.  www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

June 1, 2019 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield
418 Sumner St E Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

1 Comment

  1. DIANE WARNER

    Margaret, Andy & Siri, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. Although we found we are not able to be with you in person today as planned, we are with you in spirit.
    We have many fond memories from our years together at St. Tim’s, growing and enjoying life together. Pastor Gene was a kind and gentle soul with so much love and compassion. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Ken and Diane Warner, Kari Warner Davies, Sean Warner and family.

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