Arnold C HeigaardDecember 8, 2017
Yoeman First Class (YNI) Arnold Craig Heigaard, retired, 55, of Metter and son of Arthur Carl and Mabel Fowler Heigaard, died Friday, December 8, 2017 at his residence.
Arnold was born in Fort Riley, Kansas and lived throughout the United States and Germany before moving to Metter several years ago. After graduating from J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama in May of 1981, Arnold attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He was a member of the Metter First Baptist Church and loved playing softball, reading, watching wrestling and was a die hard Alabama fan. Arnold was a veteran having retired from the United States Navy. On June 28, 1982, Arnold enlisted in the Navy as a Seaman Recruit and attended basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois. He served many years in the Navy and in November of 1994 he was promoted to Petty Officer First Class. On Friday, September 26, 2003, Arnold retired from the United States Navy and was honored with a ceremony for his retirement. Arnold was a recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Joint Meritoirous Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal (which included 6 awards in all), Battle “E” (2 awards), Navy Acheivement Medal (2 awards), and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (4 awards).
Surviving are his parents, Arthur and Mabel Heigaard of Metter; his son, Jonathon “Jon” Eli Heigaard and his daughter, Rachel Marie Heigaard of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his sister, Carol Heigaard of Metter; four brothers, Arthur Carl Heigaard, Jr. (Renae) of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Allen Heigaard of Metter, Lt. Col. Anthony “Tony” Calvin Heigaard of Washington, D.C., and Alex Christopher Heigaard (Valerie) of Wellington, Colorado; nieces and nephews, Sara Cuillierrier of Metter, Allen Charles “Casey”, Heigaard, Jr. (Dani) of Big Timber, Montana, Scarlett Phares-Heigaard and Penelope Phares-Heigaard both of Big Timber, Montana, Chris Tholkes of Fargo, North Dakota, Jamie Mercer (Keith) and Tayla Kay of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 until 8 p.m. at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel.
The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Metter First Baptist Church.
Interment will be in Lake Cemetery.
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.