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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Gene Heller
March 25, 1928 - February 21, 2020

Residence: Williston, North Dakota

Gene Ray Heller was born March 25, 1928, the son of Christ P. and Anna L. (Zemliska) Heller, Sr. on the family farm in Hebron Township, west of Williston. He attended Pioneer School and graduated from Williston High School.

After graduating with a degree in Refrigeration from North Dakota State College of Science, he began his career with Great Northern Railroad on June 7, 1950. He retired as a Conductor on December 31, 1988. He was a proud member of the United Transportation Union #1840.

On September 17, 1950, he was united in holy marriage to the love of his life, Jordis Klarinda Hermanson, in McGregor, ND. They made their home in Williston, where they raised their six children. He loved flowers and gardening, playing cards, western movies, never-ending building projects and watching sports, especially a Phil Jackson-coached team. He loved his children and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. At the time of his death, he still possessed a sharp mind.

He is survived by his beloved bride of nearly 70 years, Jordis, Williston, ND; three daughters, Rebecca and her husband, Thomas Thornton, Rexburg, ID, Elizabeth and her husband, Tom Wells, Jamestown, ND, and Fayette Heller, Odessa, TX; two sons, Terry Heller, Williston, ND, and Toby Heller and his wife, Tina, Beulah, ND; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grand children; one brother, Jack Heller, Peoria, AZ; and close loving family friend, Kenneth Winter.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jim Heller; one grandson, Jacob Heller; three sisters, Suzie Mueller, Marjorie Udland and Annette Berg; and four brothers, Roy Heller, Glen Heller, Lloyd Heller and Christ Heller, Jr.

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Joan Logan (Mandan, ND)
Feb 22, 2020
Jordis, deepest sympathy to the family . Comfort and strength in day days ahead. Joan
Lori Heller (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin)
Feb 22, 2020
Jordis and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. I am truly honored I was able to spend some time with Gene and you last summer! Love you, Lori
Jeanne Knudsvig
Feb 22, 2020
Heller family
Sending prayers so sorry for loss of your Dad keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead!
Janice(Mischke) Moody (Battleview, North Dakota)
Feb 22, 2020
Tom Liz and family I am so sorry to hear the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rod Heller & family (Wauwatosa, Wi)
Feb 23, 2020
Our deepest sympathy on your loss of a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Renda (Hermanson) Stowe (Rochester, Minnesota)
Feb 23, 2020
We are so sad to hear about Uncle Gene. He is such a kind, caring and patient man.

Aunt Jordis, we want you to know we so wish that we could be there! We love you too Very Much!! May Jesus wrap his arms around you.

Dear cousins, our love is shared by our family. May God give each of you strength and peace during this difficult time. Losing a parent is difficult and my heart bleeds for you.

Love you ALL!!!
Shelly (Heller) Witt (Broken Arrow, Ok)
Feb 23, 2020
Dear Auntie Jordis, I am so sorry to hear of my dear Godfather’s passing...I will always remember him as such a gentle giant of a man. He was so kind and his eyes were always smiling! For some reason every time I think of him I am reminded of the time he picked me up from Richard school with Liz and Tim during a huge blizzard... I didn’t think we would make it home it was snowing so hard! My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all my cousins over the loss of their dad- I can’t even imagine the pain...prayers for all and I wish I could be there on Thursday.
Joe Kelly (West Fargo, North Dakota)
Feb 25, 2020
I think the most beautiful part of life is the reflection and reminder of all the lives below that were created because of one life. Darryn I am sorry for you and your families loss. God bless everyone.
He is survived by his beloved bride of nearly 70 years, Jordis, Williston, ND; three daughters, Rebecca and her husband, Thomas Thornton, Rexburg, ID, Elizabeth and her husband, Tom Wells, Jamestown, ND, and Fayette Heller, Odessa, TX; two sons, Terry Heller, Williston, ND, and Toby Heller and his wife, Tina, Beulah, ND; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grand children; one brother, Jack Heller, Peoria, AZ; and close loving family friend, Kenneth Winter.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jim Heller; one grandson, Jacob Heller; three sisters, Suzie Mueller, Marjorie Udland and Annette Berg; and four brothers, Roy Heller, Glen Heller, Lloyd Heller and Christ Heller, Jr.
Carol Ann Jones (Mandan, North Dakota)
Feb 27, 2020
I'm sorry for your loss. I didn't really know Gene, because we met when I was quite small. His mother Anna was my dad's second cousin. I pray the good Lord will ease your heartache.
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