George Hieken

George Hieken, 93, of Merrimack, died June 24, 2015 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born on February 2, 1922 in St. Louis, MO, he was the son of the late Jacob and Ellen (Lukjanchencho) Hieken, who came to the United States from Russia.

George served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He flew bombing missions over Germany from his home base in England.

After his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed by Bemis Co. for twenty years. He was transferred from the St. Louis plant to Fremont, CA, and then to Nashua, NH. He operated Riverside Sunoco in Merrimack for fifteen years.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Merrimack, at one time serving as treasurer and chairman of the Prudential Committee.

He married R. Jean Whyte in Troy, MO in 1947. They raised three children, Karen Morneau of Littleton, Kennon Hieken and Kevin Hieken and his wife Andrea, both of Merrimack.

George was predeceased by five brothers, Alexander, Victor, Benjamin, Harry and Walter.

Surviving members of his family include his wife of 67 years; his three children; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Lavazzi of St. Louis, MO; two sisters-in-law, Camille Ogden of Steelville, MO, and Clarice Moelm of St. Louis, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

He was greatly loved and will be sadly missed.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 7 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack on Saturday, August 15 at 11 AM. Burial of his urn will follow in Last Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish may make memorial donations in George’s memory to a charity of their choice.

Rivet Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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