John was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Margaret Eckrich of Michigan and John C. Heegaard of Minnesota. He spent time growing up with each parent and graduated from high school in Minneapolis. He studied at St. Olaf before moving to Montana.
John lived a somewhat nomadic life, moving around the US, before settling in Montana and calling it home. It was his love for the outdoors that brought him here, where he continued his studies at the University of Montana, trying to find a satisfying career that he could excel in and use his skills in sales and marketing. John loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. His passion was goose hunting, which he enjoyed with his dad as a young boy.
John felt his greatest accomplishment was starting The Sportsman's Edge, which he owned and operated for more than 22 years. Through hard work and diligence, he built a successful business. He also worked as a health and fitness counselor for Murray Biscuit Company, was a manager at Aamco Transmission, traveling throughout the US, and a hunting guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana.
Some of his fondest boyhood memories were holidays with his family, trips to the cabin, fishing and goose hunting. He also talked about the trouble he got into with his high school buddies, and of course the times he spent with his cousins.
He was known for his sharp wit and ability to tell a story, which he generously shared with his family, and could amaze and entertain young children with his stories and animal sounds for hours. He loved spending time with the older generation who were a part of his life talking about the things of God, playing his guitar, and leading them into song and worship. He walked in a relationship with Jesus on a daily basis and helped many people find their way back to the Lord.
John died at home in Montana on Friday, October 22, 2021. He is survived by his devoted wife, Marcia, of 32 years, his twins, Kyle and Kyndle, his three sisters, Paula, Carole, and Kim, and his grandchildren, Kennon, Loralei, and Lillian.
No formal services will be held. Donations can be made to your local food bank.