Funeral services, following MN ST. Covid Guidelines of capacity limits, social distancing and face coverings, for Cody Heppner of Warroad, MN will be held on Monday, November 23rd at 11 AM at First Baptist Church in Roseau. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5-7 PM with a 7:00 prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Interment will be at the Norland Cemetery. in Salol. A link will be shared to livestream the funeral services:
Cody Jeffrey Son Heppner of Warroad, MN, passed away November 11th, 2020, at the age of 25. Cody was born January 1, 1995 in Rach Gia Chieftown, Vietnam. He is the son of Jeffrey and Constance (Ellenson) Heppner. He grew up in Warroad where he graduated from Warroad High School.
Cody grew up loving the game of hockey and loved to read stories about the game and some of its legends. Many summers were spent playing baseball and he enjoyed this time with his teammates and coaches. He enjoyed hunting and spent many early mornings in the fields hunting geese with his father, brother, grandfather, uncles and friends. He liked to fish and spent a year working up at the NW Angle. Cody liked to travel and was able to visit many states. Trips to Ukraine and Vietnam were highlights. It did not take much to convince Cody to play a round of golf. In high school he spent time volunteering at ECFE and had a positive impact on the kids he worked with. Cody was crazy about being a “sharp dressed man”.
The Cody we remember was adored by his younger cousins as he spent time playing with them. That Cody drew giggles from his niece Nettie as he chased her around. He was the guy that could spend time with young people as easily as he could carry on a conversation with any senior citizen. He lived his life with passion, was generous and enjoyed spending time with family.
Unbeknown to most, Cody suffered for many years with mental health issues. Tragically the stigma around mental health and his own fears prevented him from accepting professional help. He lost his will to fight and made the decision to take his own life, ultimately losing his battle with this terrible disease.
Since Cody’s passing, many have written or called to tell us how special he was and how fortunate they were to have known him.
He is survived by his parents, sister Alexandria (Seth) Maxwell, brother Clay Heppner, sister Asia Heppner, niece Annette Maxwell and soon to arrive nephew Elwood Maxwell, grandparents Phil and Marcia Heppner and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Kenneth and Donna Ellenson and great-grandparents Bennie and Salome Heppner, Wilbur and Blanch Samuelson, Conrad and Edith Swanson, Lloyd and Esther Ellenson, Great-Great Grandma Elizabeth Heppner, his uncle Richard Carlson and cousins Michaela Carlson, Ryan Shoen and precious angel babies.
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