Obituary: William HedeenBill Hedeen, age 89, died October 11, 2011, at his home in Worthington.
Bill Hedeen, age 89, died October 11, 2011, at his home in Worthington.
He was born in Biwabik on May 22, 1922, and grew up in Winthrop. After graduating from Carleton College in 1943, Bill served three years of active duty in the US Army during World War II, mainly in the South Pacific.
He continued 10 more years as a reserve officer in the Counter Intelligence Corps, leaving the Army with the rank of Captain.
Following graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1949, Bill was admitted to the MN Bar and came to Worthington in August to join the law offices of Arnold Brecht. Bill and Katherine Pike were married on September 23, 1950, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Bill was always an involved member of the community. He was named the Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1953 by the Worthington Jaycees.
Over the years, he was President of Kiwanis, Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis MN-Dakotas District, President and Board Member of the Chamber of Commerce, President and Board Member of the YMCA, a founder and organizer of what was the Crippled Children’s School (now CCSI), a founder of Friends of the Nobles County Library and a longtime board member of Worthington Industries, State Bank of Worthington (now Wells Fargo) and the Adrian State Bank.
In 1991, Bill and Katherine received the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award for their years of service to the Worthington community.
Bill practiced law in Worthington for 61 years at the firm Hedeen, Hughes, and Wetering. He was active in the MN and American Bar Associations and served on the MN Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board.
He was a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and he was on the Board of Governors of the ABA.
Bill loved to travel and especially enjoyed seeing historical sites around the world. He and Katherine traveled to 79 countries on 6 continents.
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Katherine; daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Farid Sabongi of Eagan and Janet and David Gulden of Apple Valley; and grandchildren, Michael Gulden of Northampton, MA, Rachel Gulden of Apple Valley, and Edward Sabongi of Eagan. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Herman Nelson of Edina, brother-in-law Norman Pike of Marshalltown, IA; three nephews and one niece.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at a later date in Fort Snelling.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Worthington YMCA, Compassionate Care Avera Hospice in Worthington, Westminster Presbyterian Church of Worthington or donor's choice.
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