Visitation will be at Rembs Funeral Home in Marshfield from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of any monetary tribute, the family asks for contribution to a favorite charity or performing a random act of kindness for a stranger.
Condolences may be offered online at www.rembsfh.com.
Mr. Heikenen was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Brownsmead, Ore., a son of the late Charles and Anna (Sippa) Heikenen. His parents had emigrated separately from Finland in their teens and met and married in northern Minnesota. After the Moose Lake Fire, they moved to Oregon, returning to Cloquet, Minn., when Lauri was still young.
After beginning high school, he went to work in a defense industry on the West Coast during World War II, then enlisted in the Army Air Force on Oct. 4, 1943. In the Army he received his high school equivalency, attended radio and gunnery school and became an aerial gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress. He was discharged on Nov. 6, 1945, with the rank of sergeant.
He was married to Fay Lois Engel on April 3, 1948, in Duluth, Minn.
He became the night foreman at a Farmhand plant in the Twin Cities and then sold Farmhand farm implements to farm equipment dealers throughout the state of Wisconsin. After several years with Farmhand, he began selling other brands of farm equipment.
In 1967, he and a partner started H&S Manufacturing Co. in Marshfield, building and selling a self unloading forage box. In 1986 he bought out his partner, and H&S purchased his partner’s business, Steinberg Manufacturing Co.
H&S was named Marshfield Chamber of Commerce firm of the year in 1987. Today H&S has a line of hay and forage equipment, employs more than 220 people and sells its equipment through a network of more than 300 dealers and distributors. H&S products are also sold overseas.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Gary (Jan), Chris (Evelyn) and Brian (Joani Freitas); one daughter, Jill Heikenen; and one granddaughter, Eilee Heikenen-Weiss.
He was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.