Dr. Gordon Nichols Heller
Dr. Gordon Nichols Heller, 74, formerly of Fargo ND, passed away on Monday May 7th in Kremmling, CO.
Gordy was born in Fargo, ND to Gordon Heller and Jane (Nichols) Heller on September 25, 1943. He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1961. He completed the 2-Year medical program at UND, and finished his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1971. He received further training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and at the University of Florida Gainesville, FL.
Gordy was very accomplished professionally and was one of the first in the US to be certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He was licensed in several states and worked at Butterworth hospital in Grand Rapids, MI as well as in the Muskegon and Ludington MI Emergency Departments.
He married Pattie Louise Seymour in Whitehall, MI on June 24 1978. Their son, Gordon Stuart, was born in 1981.
Gordy enjoyed numerous hobbies outside of work, most notably farming, horses, hunting, reading, and real estate development. He had many adventures including traveling to the Caribbean to practice medicine in the winter and to Russia to hunt for bear. He was even airlifted out of the Alaskan wilderness after a severe snowmobiling accident. His body showed the wear and tear of his adventurous spirit.
In 2006 he suffered a stroke which left him with short term memory loss, but he never forgot his younger years or medical training. He lived at Cliffview Assisted Living in Kremmling CO off and on for the past 12 years.
Gordy was a much loved father, father-in law, brother, and Grandpa. He is survived by his son Gordon Stuart (Dawna) Heller of Kremmling, CO; stepdaughter Stephanie (Shawn) Scholl of Kremmling, CO; brother, Robert (Diane) Heller of Woodbury, MN; brother, William (Janet) Heller of San Martin, CA; sister, Betsy (Mark) Jackson of Fargo ND; grandchildren, Sawyer and Maizie Heller and Tabor and Tyler Scholl. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
A memorial service is planned in Kremmling CO and a gathering of family and friends will be held later this summer at the lake as requested by Gordy.
Condolences may be sent to the family at; Gordon Heller Family P.O. Box 262 Kremmling, CO 80459. Memorials may be given to West Grand Community Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1542 Kremmling, CO 80459 in the name of Dr. Gordon Heller or to the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Kremmling Memorial Hospital, Home Health and Hospice, and to the staff at Cliffview Assisted Living Center.