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Larry K. Heikkinen
  • December 05, 1942
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  • December 27, 2016

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Obituary of Larry K. Heikkinen

Larry K. Heikkinen, 74, of Eustis, Florida, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016. He was born in Toivola, MI, on December 5, 1942 to the late Toivo Aalmer Heikkinen and the late Hulda Kemppa (Heikkinen) Naasko. He was with his loving wife, Mary (Miller) Heikkinen for 30 years.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX. He moved to Central Florida from San Diego, CA, in 2004.

He served as Chief Warrant Officer and Helicopter Pilot in the U.S. Army, 1966-1970.

His professional career spanned 40 years in management positions in Operations and Research and Development during which he directed start-ups, spin-offs, and high growth turn-arounds. Much of this time was spent in medical manufacturing roles at companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Deseret Medical, and American Optical.

His career allowed him to travel the world, working or just visiting such places as Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, England, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Bahamas.

His hobbies involved cooking, skiing (prior to moving to Florida), and reading financial newspapers/magazines/newsletters which kept him abreast of world events. He loved serving as a mentor, which allowed him to build deep life-long relationships with colleagues and friends. But his major joy was spreading humor everywhere he went to people he knew or had even just met.

He was a loving husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife: Mary (Miller) Heikkinen of Eustis, FL; son: Eric Heikkinen, San Antonio, TX; sister: Jeanne A. Barnett, Clearlake, CA; brother: Kenneth L. Heikkinen, Lexington Park, MD; nieces: Lynne, Carole, and Lisa; and nephews: Mark, Michel, David, and Keith.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Harden/Pauli, 1617 S. Bay Street, Eustis, FL 32726 (352) 357-4126.

His ashes will be interred at a later date at the beautiful Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, where he will be honored for his military service in the Armed Forces, with a small portion lovingly kept by his wife, Mary, until she can be joined with him forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to:

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL  60611
(888) 733-6741


Compassionate Care Hospice

214 E. Washington Street, Suite C

Minneola, FL 34715

(352) 415-0778

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  1. Debby and Wade King lit a candle:
    21 Jan 2017
    Lit since January 21, 2017 at 1:21:38 AM

  2. Maynard (Mike) Ramsey says:
    18 Jan 2017
    Larry was a terrific guy, and I so enjoyed working with him at JNJ/Critikon. He had great analysis and management skills and was a wonderful asset to our R&D organization. Thanks Larry.
    Maynard (Mike) Ramsey

  3. Robert & Marilyn Dunstan II lit a candle:
    12 Jan 2017
    Lit since January 12, 2017 at 1:13:30 PM

  4. Lynne Alison Gudin says:
    10 Jan 2017
    I was blessed to have the most amazing Uncle Larry, who was also my Godfather...to my friends who were fortunate to meet him he was called "...that Uncle Larry", because he was often a topic of conversation when I talked about my family. Uncle Larry was involved in every memorable part of my life. He attended my college graduation, he was the MC at my wedding (and believe me he stole the show) and I bet that most of you can't say that he went on your honeymoon...but my Uncle Larry did (of course, he brought Aunt Mary), he flew in to be there when I had my first child and was there for me while my son, Ryan was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I have many wonderful stories, fun times and I wouldn't have changed or given up a minute of any of those times with him. My sadness is immense but God needed him and Heaven is a much better place with him. I know for sure that there is now laughter in the Heavens because Uncle Larry is there!

  5. Ricky Heikkinen says:
    08 Jan 2017
    I met Larry when he was about 9 years old, before Ken and I married. As an only child, I fervently wished for a brother or sister, so in my heart Larry became the little brother I never had.
    Whenever we talked on the phone, it was so much fun to talk policies and he always told us about Mary, the love of his life, and her many accomplishments.
    I shall miss my "little" brother!

  6. Carole Heikkinen says:
    06 Jan 2017
    Uncle Larry always made me laugh; he enjoyed making people laugh. I'm going to miss his sense of humor, as well as his encouragement and support. It was fun trading emails and sharing thoughts on various issues. He was generous in many ways and selfless in thinking of others. One of the things I loved about him was his positive attitude and that remained true to the end through his illness. From a quote shared by a friend, (paraphrased) --the last of a man's freedoms is to choose his own attitude in any circumstance, to choose his own way-- that Uncle Larry did. Thanking God for the blessing of having him in my life. I will dearly miss him.

  7. Joe Anderschott says:
    02 Jan 2017
    Knew Larry for almost 38 years and I cannot say I've met a finer gentleman. Larry was a special guy and I'll miss him a lot.

  8. Craig Brown says:
    01 Jan 2017
    Larry was a outstanding person and true pleasure to be around his jokes and wit would always put a smile on your face. Larry Now has heaven laughing and smiling. It is a true pleasure to call Larry my friend he will be missed.

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