Roy Edward Hecke, 81, passed away on June 7, 2019, surround by his loved ones. He joined his wife of 49 years and mother of children, Aleen Geraldine Hecke; brothers, Bunk, Billy, Bobby, Walter, Earl Wayne; sisters, Charlotte and Shirley.
Roy is survived by his sisters, JoAnn Beckwith (James) and Diane Hawthorn (Jerry); sons, Roy Hecke Jr. (Anita), Joe Hecke (DeeDee), Ricky Hecke; his grandsons, Kyler Hecke and Spencer Hecke; granddaughters, Alex Hecke Bennett (Seth), Tara Wodzicki (Kyle), Tess Hecke and Taylor Hecke; great-grandchild, Madison Mital. Roy is also survived by his wife of seven years, Juanita Hecke, whom lovingly stood by his side till the end; stepdaughter, Mona Tillery (Nelson); stepgranddaughter, Betsey Breshears (Adam); stepgreat-grandchildren, Levi and Ellie.
Roy, or "Roy Boy" as his family called him, will be remembered for his kind spirit, smile and his love for God, fishing, hunting and his family. Roy attended school at Lakeside High School. There are still legends about Roy's football team being the only Lakeside team in history to have an undefeated football record. In his younger years, Roy spent some time in Chicago working and finding his way in life. He then became a man of God and was pastor of numerous churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Roy's professional career was at Reynolds Aluminum, where he worked in numerous roles, including a heavy machinery and crane operator. Roy was a member of the Eagle Tram Hunting Club, where he instilled love of the great outdoors into his children and grandchildren. Roy was a frequent to Lake Ouachita, where you could find him anchored up to one of his "honey holes" fishing with family and friends. Roy was known to enjoy yard selling and junk yard picking, which lead him to bring home lots of "treasures."
Roy loved working in the yard and keeping a garden. When he wasn't busy in the yard, you could find him porch sitting with his loved ones. Later on in life, illness led him to look for ways to stay healthy and active, which brought him to the Rock Steady Boxing group at First Baptist Church. Rock Steady Boxing allowed him to live out all the boxing matches he enjoyed watching so much, all while getting exercise and making friends. Roy and his wife Juanita were active members of Glazier Peau Church, where they found the love of God with each other and made many friends.
Services will be held at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, Hot Springs, at 10 a.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials or donations to Glazier Peau Church, 310 Village View Trail, Hot Springs, AR 71909.
Guest register is http://www.caruth-hale.com.Obits on 06/11/2019
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