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Frank L. Heikkila

Company C-2

18 Oct 1938 - 17 Jan 2016

Place of Death: Dewey, AZ


It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Larry Heikkila, on January 17, 2016, in Dewey, AZ, after a courageous five-year battle with brain melanoma. 

Larry is survived by wife, Margo; son, Erik and his wife, Brooke, of St. Thomas, VI, their son, Banyan, and daughter, Irie; and son Kyle and his wife, Arashan, of Salt Lake City, UT, and their sons, Reef and Talon. 

Larry's Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Faith United Community Church, 1061N Old Chisholm Trail, Dewey, AZ  86327.

Larry's cremated remains will be scattered over the waters of the Virgin Islands.

Condolences may be sent to Margo at 11713 Longhorn Drive, Dewey, AZ  86327-5901.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Larry's memory be made to your favorite charity.

Well done, Andy.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\C-2 Larry Heikkila.pdf

I remember Cadet Heikkila only as "Larry" because we belonged to the Army Swim Team. He swam a fast backstroke and he regularly contributed his share of points to the Army score during inter-collegiate competitions. He was a good-looking guy who smiled often and did his daily workouts with enthusiasm.

We belonged to different Companies, so we rarely met outside the gym. In the Mess Hall, I did notice that he wore stars on his Dress Gray uniform, so that meant he was one of the academically gifted ones. But he never showed it in the dining table -- he was a quiet guy, more reticent than the rest of us.

We parted ways after his Graduation Day and our paths never crossed again. He had a younger brother, Wayne, who was my classmate. Be thou at peace, Larry!

Brigadier General Ramon M. Ong (Retired)
Armed Forces of the Philippines
USMA 1963


Obituary for Frank Lawarnce Heikkila

Frank Lawrence Heikkila, 77, passed away at his home in the Prescott Country Club on Jan. 17, 2016, after a courageous battle with brain melanoma.

Larry, as he was called by family and friends, grew up in Lima, Ohio, and earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in 1961 and chose his commission in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served for three years. He married his childhood sweetheart Margo English in 1963, and eventually they re-located to the Virgin Islands. In St. Thomas, he taught math education at the University of the Virgin Islands for 30 years, earning the distinguished status of professor emeritus.

He was an ardent devotee of numerous water activities including boating, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and spear fishing. He was an avid sports enthusiast and particularly enjoyed working with young people as a high school football referee. In 2006, he and Margo re-located to the Prescott area where they hoped there would be "no hurricanes."

Besides his wife, Larry is survived by two sons, Erik L. Heikkila of St. Thomas and Kyle W. Heikkila of Salt Lake City, Utah; and four grandchildren.