Louis Frederick Hekhuis
1928 - 2019
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Louis Frederick Hekhuis

East Lansing - Louis Frederick Hekhuis, September 14, 1928 - August 25, 2019 of East Lansing. Husband of Jean for 67 years, loving father of Karin (Mark) Jaeger of Mason, MI, Susan of Washington D.C., and Mark (Ann) Hekhuis of Naperville, IL. Loving grandfather of Jennifer (Tom) Nelson and Alex (Carol) Hekhuis and great grandfather of Esther and Maxwell Nelson, along with two new great grandchildren on the way. Louie is also survived by his sisters-in-law Mary Hekhuis and Donna Hekhuis and many nieces and nephews.

Louie graduated from Lansing Eastern High School where he was the captain of the baseball team the year they won the state title. He then went to Michigan State University, where he was President of the student body, President of Delta Tau Delta, President of Excalibur and active in student government, graduating with his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. Louie was in the US Army during the Korean War, rising to the rank of Second Lieutenant. He began his career as a high school teacher and golf coach at Grand Haven High School. He then spent over 25 years as Associate Dean of Students at MSU during the late 1960's through the 1980s, and later as a Professor of Higher Education Administration where he received the Crystal Apple award in 2005 and guided many doctoral students through their PhD programs.

Louie was one of the founders of the Listening Ear and Gateway Drug Education Center and served on the Board of Directors for the MSU State News. During his retirement years Louie stayed active with all of his volunteer activities, and also spearheaded the Lansing Eastern High School Alumni Association focusing on fundraising for numerous projects.

He was a rabid sports fan of his beloved Spartans, as well as the Detroit Tigers. Louie was also a past President of the National Paddleball Association while winning more trophies than can be counted as a player.

Louie will always be remembered for his love of long stories and bad dad jokes.

A Memorial Service will be held at a future date.

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Published in Lansing State Journal on Aug. 28, 2019.
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February 14, 2020
Lou and my dad, George Hibbard, were good friends back at MSU. I have heard may stories about Lou and his wisdom and how much he helped and encouraged my Dad with completing his PHD.

My dad passed away on January 1, 2020 so we are going through old photos and I came across an old picture of my dad with Lou at an MSU alumni event January of 2004.

Cheers to 2 old friends...together again.
Barry Hibbard
November 29, 2019
Dr. Hekhuis was an extraordinarily knowledgeable man, whether it was related to higher education or state of Michigan history. His presence will be missed, but the legacy of scholars whom he helped shape... myself included... will not be forgotten.

-Terence Brown (SAA 1996)
Terence Brown
November 29, 2019
Doc Hekhuis was a professor of mine in the HALE program at MSU. His impact on me is indelible and I will always hold him in high regard as an exceptional teacher. May he rest in peace.

Ed Batayeh
HALE, 1993-1996
Ed Batayeh
November 29, 2019
Doc Hekhuis was a former professor of mine in the HALE program at MSU. His impact on me is indelible. I will always hold him in high regard as an exceptional teacher. May he rest in peace.

Ed Batayeh
HALE, 1993-1996
September 15, 2019
Burton Bargerstock
September 2, 2019
Lou was an excellent colleague, always friendly and always supportive. You could not find a finer guy to have as a fellow employee. Janet and I extend our prayers to Lou and all his family.
Patrick Scheetz
August 29, 2019
We all lovingly called Dr Hekhuis "Doc."
In the early 70s, I was the head of MSU's concert program organization, ASMSU Pop Entertainment. After running it as a student for several years, Doc Hekhuis hired me to work in the Student Affairs Department to advise that same student organization. He was not only my boss, but we became close friends, as well. We played paddleball several times a week during lunch and he even became the starting pitcher on our (infamous) intramural softball team, Monkey Lust (a rogues gallery of Spartans, to say the least). Doc was one of a kind--warm, friendly, funny, patient with the young crazies in our concert organization. He provided an even keeled leadership during those turbulent times. So many stories about Doc. He was a mentor and a friend. To say that he touched the lives of many hundreds of MSU students would be an understatement. RIP, Doc. You will never, ever be forgotten.
Hugh Surratt
August 29, 2019
Condolences to the family on behalf of the Kiwanis of East Lansing. Lou was a long time and valued member of our club.
Norb Kerr
August 28, 2019
Enjoyed playing paddleball with Lou golfing, card playing and just talking with him. Played cribbage with Don Spyke today and we both shared how we miss him and shared old stories. Enjoy your new journey old friend!
Anders Johanson
August 28, 2019
I will miss him. I knew him both from Student Affairs at MSU and from the Listening Ear. A good person who was a good listener, kind, and also loved animals.
Etta Abrahams
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