Major (Ret) Arthur C. Heigaard, United States Army, 86, of Metter, died Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro.
Born in the Icelandic community of Gardar, North Dakota, he was the son of Oliver and Laufey Eriksson Heigaard. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota and a Masters degree from William and Mary University.
MAJ Heigaard was a veteran and retired from the United States Army after 23 years of service, having served in the Vietnam War (2 tours). He was awarded the Bronze Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal (2nd award); Armed Forces Reserve Medal; National Defense Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Staff Service Medal (1st Class); Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Cross of Galantry with Palm and the Vietnam Service Medal. MAJ Heigaard worked for Civil Service for over 20 years. He loved wood working, smoking his pipe, and reading and working crossword puzzles. In addition to his parents, Mr. Heigaard was preceded in death by his sisters Ingebjorg Johannesson and Lillian Ferguson; his brothers Kristjan Heigaard and Herbert Heigaard and his son Arnold Craig Heigaard.
Surving are his wife of sixty-four years, Mabel Fowler Heigaard of Metter; his children, Arthur Carl Heigaard, Jr. (Renae Tholkes) of Grand Forks. North Dakota, Allen Charles Heigaard of Metter, Carol Ann Heigaard of Metter, Anthony Calvin Heigaard of Washington, D.C.; Alex Christopher Heigaard (Valerie) of Wellington, Colorado; his grandchildren Allen Charles Heigaard, Jr. (Danielle Phares-Heigaard) of Big Timber, Montana, Sara Laufey Cuillierrier of Metter; Jonathan Eli Heigaard (Cierra) of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Rachel Marie Heigaard of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his great-grandchildren, Tayla Kay Mercer, Scarlett Phares-Heigaard, and Penelope Phares-Heigaard; two brother, Jim Heigaard (Kay) of Enumclaw, Washington and Bill Heigaard (Paula) of Grand Forks, North Dakota; two sisters, Helen Bowles (Harlan) of Milton, North Dakota and Mae Rollin (Leon) of Golden Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel. Interment will be in Lake Cemetery
Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, of Metter is in charge of the arrangements.
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