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Norman Eugene Hecimovich

Obituary Information

Service Details


Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.


Worlein Funeral Home Chapel
Austin, Minnesota



Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin


Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Minneapolis, Minnesota



Norman E. Hecimovich, age 83 of Austin, Minnesota, died Sunday afternoon, February 18, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, Saint Marys Campus. He was born December 12, 1934 in Evergreen Township, Koochiching County, Minnesota to George and Nora (Dahl) Hecimovich.  Norm attended school in Bovey, Minnesota, then graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine, Minnesota, where he was President of the class of 1953.  Norm attended Bemidji State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and his Master’s Degree in School Administration.  In addition, he earned a Specialist Degree in Education from Mankato State University and completed graduate work at the University of Minnesota. Norm served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm.  He was a dedicated veteran, serving both in active duty and reserve, from 1957 until his honorable discharge December 11, 1994. Norm holds over 25 separate awards for valor and meritorious service from the United States Military, including the Legion of Merit, 2 bronze stars, a meritorious service medal, 7 Army commendation medals, 7 Army achievement medals, National Defense with 2 stars, Korean Service with 2 stars, Vietnam Service with 7 stars, Southwest Asia with 3 stars, paratrooper wings, ranger tab, and many others.  On June 27, 1959 he was united in marriage to Helen Dimich in Bovey, Minnesota.  The couple raised four children.  Norm’s career as an educator and school administrator spanned over four decades.  Beginning in 1960, he worked in the Greenway School District in Coleraine. Norm then served as a principal in Austin Public Schools for 26 years.  Before his retirement on July 1, 1995, he received the Distinguished Principal Award in 1990, the Outstanding Leadership Award in 1994, and the Federal Outstanding Leadership Award in 1995. Following his retirement, Norm served as an Education Consultant for the Minnesota Department of Education. In 2009, Norm was inducted into the Greenway High School Hall of Fame. He was Past Commander of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans.  Most recently he served as Adjutant of the V.F.W. and D.A.V., Color Guard Commander of the V.F.W., and Past American Legion Color Guard Commander.  Norm was active in his community and received many awards for his service, including the Austin City Council, the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Port Authority, HRA Board, Family Connection Board, Community Education Advisory Board, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Austin Shrine Oriental Band and Shrine Club Treasurer, Past Worship Master of the Masonic Lodge, Past Worthy Patron of Eastern Star Chapter, Memorial Day Chair for 25 years, ESGR Region 6 Committee Chair in the 1st Congressional District, ESGR Liaison for Austin and Rochester National Guard and Army Reserve Units, Ombudsman for National Guard and Reserve soldiers, Reintegration Coordinator for the Austin area, 2008 Austin City Volunteer, 2-time Austin Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Parade Grand Marshall, Minnesota’s ESGR 2008 Volunteer of the Year, President’s 2007 and 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2015 Secretary of Defense Lifetime Award for service to the military and Army Reserve forces, Chair of Veterans Memorial Committee, Beyond a Yellow Ribbon Committee, and numerous other organizations.  Norm’s service and dedication will be gratefully remembered by his loved ones, who will miss him dearly.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Helen Hecimovich of Austin; his sons James (Heidi) Hecimovich of Brownsdale, Dr. Mark Hecimovich of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Bryn (Julie) Hecimovich of Rochester; 4 grandchildren Sarah, Hannah, Michelle, and Cherie; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings Darrel (Lieschen) Hecimovich of Bovey and Gail (Dennis) Nucech of Hibbing.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, David G. Hecimovich.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin with Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating.  Friends may call at the Worlein Funeral Home from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  A Masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Friday at Worlein Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.  Memorials can be directed to the Austin Area Veterans, Westminster Presbyterian Church, or recipient of donor’s choice.



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