Obituary of Gerald Hecker
Gerald N. Hecker died peacefully at home on December 29th, 2022 surrounded by members of
his family. He was known as Dr. Hecker, Dad and Grandpa, and Great Grandpa.
He was born in Dickinson, North Dakota to Martin & Barbara Hecker on June 7, 1930. It was
there he met and married his high school sweetheart, Edwena Daly. They were married for 68
years, had 5 children and shared a love of family, spending time with friends and traveling
together throughout their lives.
They started and grew their family while Gerald pursued a career in medicine at the University
of Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical school with a specialization in
urology. After he graduated, Gerald and Edwena moved their young family to Boise, Idaho. It
was there he started a medical practice with Dr. John Ocker, his business partner who became
a lifelong friend.
During his career, he was state treasurer for the Idaho Medical Association, Chief of Surgery,
and Chief of Staff at Saint Alphonsus Hospital. He was also a board member of the Western
Urology section and St. Alphonsus Hospital. He loved caring for his patients and worked until
he was 68 years old. Even after he retired, he was forever a student and could be found
studying some of his favorite topics including how to play bridge.
One of their favorite places was their home in Rancho Mirage, California. Gerald & Edwena
enjoyed the winter months there with many new friends. They enjoyed playing golf, tennis and
cards at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise and The Springs Country Club. Throughout his life, one
of his favorite pastimes was snuggling the family’s babies.
He is survived by his five children: Jerry (Joan) Hecker, Jayne Schindele, Patti (Pat) Brady,
Marty (Janet) Hecker, Mary (Craig) Chapin, 14 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. He
will be buried next to Edwena, who passed away in 2018.
His family will miss him greatly and is so thankful for the time we shared together. A private
family service will be held at Summers Funeral Home, Meridian.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gerald Hecker, please visit Tribute Store