Thief River Falls – Gannon Hejlik, 14, Thief River Falls, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 as a result of an accident in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Ben Carlsen Officiating. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Gannon Allen Hejlik (“Pete” nickname given to him by his Buppa Gary, “Peanut, Handsome, Lil G” were his other nicknames), was born May 10, 2002 in Sioux Falls, S.D., son of Paul and Taryn (Rux) Hejlik. The family moved back to Thief River Falls in July 2002. Gannon would have been a freshman at Lincoln High School in the fall.
Gannon enjoyed golfing, 4-wheeling and snowmobiling, fishing, and spending time at the lake in Park Rapids and Upper Red Lake. He also enjoyed video games, and making and editing videos. Most of all Gannon loved the time spent with family and friends and whatever his little sister Aliya wanted him to do.
Gannon was naturally smart; he joined the math league mostly because he wanted to get out of school early and to be with his friends. He also won the eighth grade spelling bee and was quoted as saying “the first time in your life you win something and you did not want to win it.”
Gannon was very active in Choir and loved all aspects of music. Gannon was a very kind hearted, genuine, and caring young man. He had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh or lift their spirits during a difficult time. Gannon had a love for animals that they could sense.
Gannon is survived by his parents, Paul (Ashley) Hejlik of Thief River Falls, Taryn Hejlik of Kelliher; sister Aliya Hejlik of Thief River Falls; brother Aron Hejlik of Kelliher; grandparents Don and Lo Hejlik of Thief River Falls, Christi Halbasch of Thief River Falls; great-grandmother “Big Grandma” Lillian Rux of Thief River Falls; aunts and uncles TJ (Kari Nelson) Rux of Thief River Falls, Lisa (James) Murphy of Tea, S.D., Dan (Melody) Johnson of Lakota, N.D., Donna Clauson of Lakota, N.D., Brian (Tiffany) Halbasch of Park Rapids, Blake Halbasch, of Monticello, along with many cousins, and his four legged family Lily and Leo.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents “Buppa” Gary and Shirley Rux, great-uncle Allen Rux, and great-grandpa “Big Buppa” Gail Rux.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Pennington County Humane Society or the LHS Choir.