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Preston Roy Heikkinen

 

July 13, 2021

WILLISTON, N.D. - Preston Roy "Roy Boy" Heikkinen, 25, of Williston, died tragically Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Williston.

Preston was born to Janet (Dean) and Jacob Heikkinen of Williston, on Oct. 3, 1995, at Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Michigan. "If we knew what love was, it was because of you." He attended both grade school and high school in Marenisco, Michigan, and Roscommon, Michigan.

After graduating high school, he attained his welding certification from Kirtland Community College. Preston then moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he worked at Catalytic Combustions in Bloomer, Wisconsin, as a welder. He was currently employed at Truck Wash Express in Williston as a general manager of maintenance on large trucks.

Surviving are his parents, Jacob and Janet; a sister, Austine Heikkinen and Scotty Saxvik of Williston; two brothers, Chandler Heikkinen of Eau Claire, and Connor Heikkinen of Williston; his girlfriend, Kimberly Hurst; grandparents, Beverly and Roger Ikola and John Heikkinen, all of Ramsay, Michigan; his aunts and uncles, Lori (Dean) and Jay Ryskey, Tammy (Dean) and Paul Menghini, Laurie (Heikkinen) and Jim Erickson, Lisa and John Heikkinen Jr., Dawn and Wayne Dean, Becky Dean, John and Wendy Ikola, Patty (Ikola) and Todd Borseth and Roger Ikola Jr .; his cousins, Jessica (Ryskey) and Ken Byard, Erica (Ryskey) and Josh Zolecki, Loretta and Jay Ryskey Jr., Ryan Menghini, Kendra Menghini, Brittany Dean and Tony Marquez, Karly Dean, Brianna Dean, Braden Dean, Rylie and Josh Erickson, Betsy Erickson, Charlie Erickson, Gabriel Erickson, Andrew Erickson, Jacob Heikkinen, Reece Heikkinen, Carter Heikkinen and several little cousins who adored him.


Preston was preceded in death by an aunt, Brenda Heikkinen; and his grandparents, Diane (Noel) and Ronald Dean, who lovingly referred to him as "Toivo."

Preston was most well known for his infectious smile, incredible dance moves, and his amazing ability to bring joy into any room he entered. He was the very best brother that anyone could ask for, and the very best friend that anyone could have. He was an integral member of the cousin crew, a clan of cousins who stuck closer than a brother, and love fiercely and without abandon. Their cousin game was unmatched. While their bond is eternally unbreakable, there is now a large link missing that will leave their hearts and lives forever changed.


Everyone that knew Preston, knows that he could always be found singing and dancing, and lighting up a room wherever he went. He had the most loving heart, and gave the best hugs ever given, and somehow instinctively knew who needed one most. To be in his presence was to experience pure joy. He was the most incredible gift we could have ever been given, and his family and friends will always cherish every single moment that God allowed us to have with him. Our hearts have been forever filled with the immense love and happiness that he brought to our lives, and forever broken from the immense void left in his absence. We love you up to God Roy Boy!

All services will be held at 115 Rail St., Marenisco, the home of Diane Dean.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with fireworks to follow at dark. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 16, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m.

Cards and donations can be sent to P.O. Box 264, Marenisco, MI 49947, or the GoFundMe page on Facebook.

Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel, Inc., of Wakefield, Michigan, is assisting the family with their arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at lakesidememorialchapel.com.

 
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