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November 11, 1970-January 11, 2021


Brett Alan Van Hecke, age 50, of Cokato passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born on November 11, 1970 in Shakopee the son of Robert and Sharon (Hooyer) Van Hecke.

He graduated from Prior Lake High School in 1989.

Brett received a degree in Business Administration from University of Minnesota Duluth in 1993.

On January 4, 2020, Brett A. Van Hecke and Tammy M. (nee Duske) were joined in marriage in Nashville, Tennessee.

He was fond of the out doors and liked fishing, hunting and snowmobiling.

Brett enjoyed his family and friends immensely!

Survived by his loving wife: Tammy; step children: Chelsie, Joshua and Caitlin; his parents: Robert and Sharon Van Hecke; brothers: Ryan (Tina) Van Hecke and Brandon (Jodie) Van Hecke; grandfather: Francis Van Hecke; father-in-law  and mother-in-law: Keith (Kathy) Duske; further survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Preceded in death by his grandparents Mary Van Hecke, John and Wilhelmina Hooyer, aunts Patricia Van Hecke and Marlene Van Hecke, uncles Larry and James Hooyer.

A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, January 14th 4-8 P.M.   Prayer Service 7:00 P.M.

A Private Family Memorial Service for Brett A. Van Hecke will be held on Friday, January 15th at 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose.   Pastor James Grabitske will officiate.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.   Online condolences may be made to


30 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa and Brad Evenson

    Van Hecke Family,
    We are so incredibly sorry about Brett! We know words can’t ease the pain you are feeling, but please know that we are thinking of all of you.
    All our love and support,

    Lisa, Brad, Bobbe, Annika Evenson

  2. Unc Cliff & Aunt Wendy

    Matthew 5:4
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

    So very sorry for your loss … you loved him well.

  3. Michelle Streich

    Tammy, We are so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you. Hugs and Prayers.

  4. Dave Heiling

    Bob, Sharon and Family,
    You have our deepest condolences. We feel for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
    Dave Heiling Family

  5. Bev Culshaw

    Bob and Sharon, this is heartbreaking news. I am so very sorry for your sadness. Love and peace, Bev Culshaw

  6. Tracy Magin

    Brett will be missed greatly, so sad to lose life at such a young age. I graduated with Brett and hung out with him at get together at various place through out the last few years I lived in Minnesota till we moved. He was such a sweetheart. My heart goes out to his wife and all his family. May God comfort you. He has a new angel with him now.

  7. Terri Betts


    My heart breaks for you & I am so very sorry you are going through this. From conversations we have had before, I know your faith is so strong & I hope you find comfort that God is watching over all of you during this time. Sending my love and continued prayers for you.

  8. Beth Spencer

    Tammy, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Carla Spencer

    Thinking of you and sending my deepest sympathy, Tammy.

  10. Steve Zadina

    Bob, Sharon, Ryan, Brandon, Tammy, and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this most
    difficult time. I have some great memories of time spent hunting with Brett.

    Our deepest sympathy,
    Steve & Beth Zadina

  11. The Zeidlers

    Tammy your family is in my prayers during this difficult time. You truly were soul mates and he loved you so much.

  12. Scott and Tina Prchal

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this time – lot’s of fantastic memories growing up with Brett – memories that I will continue to cherish for the rest of my days.

    Love always and forever

  13. Jennifer Sandoval

    I am so sorry hear of the loss of Brett! He was such a kind person.
    My condolences go out to his wife and family!

  14. MIke and Heidi Nelson

    We are so sorry for your loss and will be in our families prayers.

  15. Angela Breitbach

    Tammy, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  16. Bev Turner

    Deepest sympathy to the family. Treasure your memories.

  17. Annie Ebert

    BOB, Sharon, Tammy and families…I am so sorry for your loss. I WILL PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY…MAY GOD BE WITH YOU..GOD BLESS YOU ALL..LOVE ANN EBERT, WISCONSIN

  18. Gary and Jean Hart

    Bob and Sharon
    So sad to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you and family. Please take care we will pray for you

  19. Chris Stanz

    Tammy – my thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family during this difficult time. Very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  20. Tina Evanson (The Owens family)

    Van Hecke family, Im so sorry to hear this and for your loss! My heart goes out to you all!
    We have so many fun memories growing up as neighbors with your family! Sending love and prayers from our family to yours.

  21. Mark and Kris Davis

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family during this difficult time. I have lot’s of wonderful memories of growing up with Brett that I will always hold close to my heart.

  22. Jeff Stoks

    BOB, Sharon, Tammy and family. I am so sorry for your loss. God bless Brett.

  23. Marilyn and Jim Herbert

    Bob and Sharon:
    I am so sorry to read of your loss. We are still reeling over the loss of our brother, Wayne. God bless you and yours. We love our Minnesota family.

  24. Mary and John Petzold/ Portage , wi

    Bob and Sharon sorry for his untimely death. Too young! May he rest in the arms of Jesus! God Bless your family .

  25. Steenberg

    Our condolences to Bob, Sharon, and family you are in our thoughts and prayers love Carl and Patti

  26. Shirley & Roger Przybys

    Bob & Sharon, Tammy, Van, Ryan, Brandon, Bill, Ed and families – we are so sorry for your loss of Brett. May God hold you close during your grief journey. Our sincere sympathy and prayers. God Bless. Shirley & Roger and family.

  27. Jim and Sue Sealey

    So very sorry to hear of Brent’s passing. Your family will be in our prayers

  28. Lisa Buchal

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Lisa Buchal

  29. Byron & Janie Glunz

    Sorry to hear of your family’s loss.

  30. Al & Nancy Lunser

    So sorry to hear Brett has passed away. Our sincere condolences.


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