Gayle Heinsen

gayle heinsen
Gayle E. Heinsen was born in McHenry, ND, February 26th, 1930 to John and Ethel (Wetherell) Heinsen, the youngest of four children. Gayle passed away at Fargo, ND on Wednesday, September 17, 2020. When Gayle was nine years old, his father passed away very suddenly. As a teenager, he made his choice to serve God according to the New Testament and was faithful to the choice he made. While attending high school in New Rockford, ND, and after graduating in 1948, he was employed by Hornbacher’s until being drafted to serve his country in the fall of 1951. He was sent to Korea in 1952 and served as a surgical technician in the 121st Evacuation Hospital at Yeongdeungpo near Seoul. When he returned from Korea in 1953, he attended meat cutting school in Toledo, OH. He later took nursing training and became a RN. He had several different occupations over the years. The last thing he did before retirement, was driving charter bus to many different states and Canada. He thoroughly enjoyed that experience. He and Beverly Henke were married in Plentywood, MT in 1954 and spent all their married years together in North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, one granddaughter, one sister, two brothers, 4 brothers-in-law, 4 sisters-in-law, 1 half-sister and his parents. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Lyle (Becky) Heinsen, Kelvin (Laura) Heinsen, Les (Sharon) Heinsen, Kari (Brad) Timmersman, six grandchildren, five great grandchildren.

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  1. Another faithful man has come to the end of the journey, and we are thankful for what he showed us of the life of Christ in him. We think of all of you, and glad for comfort from above at this time.

  2. I knew Gayle for many fun, informative, and inspiring days.
    He and I were both nursing home administrators, having a sense of feeling for the pioneers.
    Gayle and Bev provided the home which my wife, Bea and I went to for Sunday morning fellowship mtg in different locations for many years.
    Gayle and Bev could always be counted upon even if it was braving snow and questionable roads to be a gospel
    I will not forget Gayle’s smile and quiet laugh as he would say, “Let’s do it”.
    Gayle, YOU and YOUR lovely, recently passed wife, Bev
    were a big part of Our Western ND fellowship. LEE

  3. Our love and care to you as you mourn the loss of you father, grandfather and great grandfather. Thank you for having it streamed live. John’s first memory of him was when he brought a charter bus to Cheyenne. He came to our home for meeting. My first memories of him are from Hunter Convention when he worked in the boiler room and I served tables. We enjoyed our bible studies in your mom and dad’s home in Park Avenue. John and Esther

  4. Love from our team – thoughts continue to be with you all. Your parents were amazing and so blessed to have your support and unconditional love. Peace to you all – Love, Kylie and Red Team

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