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Philip E. Hecker, age 72, of Grandville, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, surrounded by love with family by his side.

He was born on June 29, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Robert & Mary (Wacker) Hecker.

Philip enlisted in the U.S. Army, 1st Cav, in 1964, and proudly served in Vietnam (1965-1966).

Throughout his life he enjoyed time with his grandkids and family, bowling, hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors.  He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America, where he was a past
President and past Treasurer of the Charles S Kettles Chapter 310 in Ann Arbor, MI;  a life member of American Legion where he was a past Commander of Post 322, Saline, MI; a life member of VFW Post 423, Ann Arbor, MI; and a life member of Disabled American Veterans.  He also was a past Commander of the Washtenaw County Council of Veterans.

Philip married Regena Plock on March 26, 1983 in Milan, MI,and together they had a daughter, Stephanie (Eric) Huizenga. He is also survived by 4 boys from a prior marriage, Philip (Teri) Hecker Jr., Gary (Kim) Hecker, Allen (Tracey) Hecker,and Justin Hecker; 9 grandchildren; and his siblings, Robert Hecker Jr, Rosemary Hall, Laura Barnhart, John Hecker, and Patty (Bill) Edwards.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will take place 10:00 am, Monday, July 15, 2019, at Chapel Pointe Church, 3350 Baldwin St, Hudsonville.  Interment will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 2:30 PM, 15501 Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI, 49012.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Philip’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

In lieu of flowers donations in Phil’s memory may be made to Tight Lines for Troops,, PO Box 274, Manistee, MI, 49660, or Faith Hospice at Trillium Hospice, 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr SW, Byron Center, MI, 49315,

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Al Merritt- (Fredo) on July 5, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Phil or as most of us old-timers knew him…
    “Flip” was a friend for 30+ yrs. I admired his great love for his family and his dedication to his Vietnam Brothers and Sisters. Slow hand salute….. my brother you will be missed but we will meet again…..Fredo

  2. Al Wood on July 10, 2019 at 2:54 am

    ‘Flip’, I’ll be having me a shot of Capt. Morgan on Monday in your honour. ‘Not gone, & not forgotten’.
    This sent to you from Tasmania, Australia.

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