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Donald James Hecht, 68

February 3, 1953 – July 27, 2021

Donald James Hecht, 68 years old passed away on July 27, 2021 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his loving family. Donnie was born on February 3, 1953 to Vernon and Elizabeth (Betty Ann Jeffrey) Hecht in Grand Forks, ND.

Donnie graduated from Sacred Heart High School in EGF, MN in 1971. His  entrepreneurship began at a young age when he made and sold popcorn at the outdoor skating rinks.  In high school he worked as a chef at the Westward Ho and acquired amazing cooking skills. From there he headed to Alaska where he had numerous fishing and carpentry jobs. Upon returning home he began building homes and then started HH&K with his brother Mike and Friend Loren Krom. After 18 years they sold the company and Donnie went on his own flipping houses. From there he went to American Crystal until his retirement in 2019.

Donnie’s passion in life, other than his wife Roxy, was fishing, playing cards, tinkering in his shop and helping anyone that needed it.

Donnie and Roxy Tinkler were married in 2016 after being together for 23 years.

Donnie is survived by his wife Roxy. Children Stacey (Curt) Seim; Leah (Bob) Sorber; Tanya Tinkler; Shawn Tinkler; 11 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; Siblings: Diane Vonasek; Terry (Kathy) Hecht; Jack (Sandy) Hecht; Mike (Patti) Hecht; Anita (Brent) Kemnitz; Mary Overvold; Brenda (Mark) Moore; Bruce (Bambi) Hecht; Alyce (Eric) Lord; Gail Flom; Sister-in-Law Dawn (Dale) Keena; Sister-in-Law Danette Heintze; Brother-in-Law Todd (Claudia) Heintze; Many nieces and nephews and all of his fishing buddies and friends. He was preceded in death by his mom and dad; brother Patrick; mother-in-law; father-in-law; step father-in-law and three sister-in-laws.

Donnie–keep fishing, catch the big one and keep playing cards!

A Celebration of Life will held Sunday August 8, 2021 at 5 p.m. at the American Legion East Grand Forks, MN. All family and friends are welcome.


  1. Loretta and Norm Storbakken on August 2, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    • Shelly Mcdonald on August 2, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      Tanya and family members, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He sure sounded like he was a hard worker with talents to go with it.
      Prayers of comfort to all.
      Shelly Bies McDonald

  2. Gloria Schoenwald on August 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    My prayers,heart and hugs are with you all…Hubby and I met Donnie last summer and had a great few days…so very sorry that he is gone ..was looking forward to going to lake and fishing… to you all

  3. Jauline Perez on August 2, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

  4. Rhonda and Steve Olson on August 2, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    So sorry for you and your family’s loss. You all are in our prayers for the strength and courage! Cherish the wonderful memories! ❤️

  5. Jared Wolf on August 2, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts…

  6. Carrie Ryan on August 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Donnie was a great person. I feel blessed to have known him .

  7. Jodi Jorde Herb Lawonn on August 2, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Thoughts,Prayers during this difficult time ..Being new to LOW campground ,we are sorry we did not have the opportunity to get to know Donny at the lake ..So sorry Roxy ,God Bless you all.. Jodi and Herb

  8. Julie Peters on August 2, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    So sorry for your loss Roxy tons of thoughts and prayers sent to help you cope at this difficult time. Hugs sent for all at this difficult time.

  9. Scott Johnson on August 2, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Prayers for Roxy and family.

  10. Lynne Hoverson on August 2, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Roxie….our sympathy to you and all Donnie’s family. Davis and Lynne

    • John kleinsasser on August 3, 2021 at 9:17 am

      Roxy, I am truly sorry for your loss. Your soul mate has gone to a much better place. I’m sure in this time of sorrow,, Don would want you to find peace among family and friends. God bless you Roxanne.

  11. Larry Bagley on August 4, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    The world has just lost a good man A good friend great cousin my thoughts and prayers are with you all

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