May 09, 2022

Danielle Lynn Heckman (Reeve) (1970 - 2022)

Posted May 09, 2022 7:00 PM

Danielle Lynn Heckman (Reeve) or as many called her,  "Little Red" or "D", a former lifelong resident of Box Butte County, passed away in her home in Lincoln Nebraska, on April 27, 2022.

Danielle was born July 16, 1970, in Alliance, Nebraska to Darrell W. Reeve and Leonida M. Todd.  In union with her former husband,1970 Tom Heckman of Alliance, their son Arik Heckman was born. Also, in this union she gained two step-daughters, Jessica Wyatt (Heckman) and Alexis Johnson (Heckman), who throughout her life also meant the world to her. 

Danielle was previously employed at Woolrich, the YMCA, and Players Sports Bar in Alliance. She later became the successful business owner of Espresso Lane Coffee Shop also in Alliance.  She did this for many years from 2006 until 2020.  She looked forward to seeing her regular customers in the community, and always appreciated meeting new customers along the way!  Quiet times at the coffee shop meant reading a good book, visiting with great friends, brushing up with the family, and creating and trying new drinks.  All the while still managing to always have time for her visitors there and lending a listening ear to everyone's joys and concerns.  Danielle spent a big chunk of her life actively participating in the local YMCA events and activities, as she and her family were active in many sports at the facility, especially racquetball.

Some of Danielle‚Äôs passions and priorities were supporting her son Arik in his hobbies, and his passion for scootering!  She made it a priority to take him and his friends, along with her nephews to scootering competitions and exploring other skate parks around the region.  

Danielle found inspiration in passages from the Bible and would often post them within her space.  She was affiliated with the Berean Church and Pastor Russell with the Break Free Agape Fellowship Church.  She thoroughly enjoyed reading, listening to music, dancing, sporting events, husker games, attending concerts, snow skiing with her kids and family, days at the lake and watersports like tubing and boating, traveling and social events.  Also, in her love of the outdoors and life, Danielle throughout the years, grew all sorts of plants ranging from beautiful flowers assorted in beautiful flower beds to vegetable gardens and pots.  

As an animal lover, Danielle loved her cats and dogs especially her boxers, Blossom and Riddick! 

Anyone that knew Danielle knows her son Arik was her heart, and they also knew how special her step-daughters Jess and Alex were to her.  She maintained a very close bond with them, and often talked about and looked forward to her next trip out to see them and their families in Texas.  

Danielle was fully engaged in life and the life of her close friends and family.  She poured her heart and soul into her loved ones and her relationships.  There was no limit to the amount of love she had to give.

She relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska three years ago to explore new avenues and ventures in career and life.  Upon moving to Lincoln, she took up jobs involving gardening, fostering her love for plants and continued her work in coffee and food service at Bagels and Joe and was looking forward to future adventures to see close friends in Florida and more trips back to Texas. 

Danielle is survived by her son, Arik Heckman of Fort Worth Texas, her mother, Leonida Todd of Aurora, Nebraska, her siblings Tim Wilkins (Bunny Todd) of Aurora, Nebraska, Cindy Wilkins of Glenrock, Wyoming, Susan Wilkins of Gering, Nebraska, Tannya Reeve (Brian Jensen) of Alliance, Melodie Reeve of Alliance, and Thomas Reeve of Norfolk, Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Danielle is preceded in death by her father, Darrell Reeve and her grandparents.  

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Pastor Russell Saito officiating.  Following the service, a gathering will be held at the Nineteenth Hole Banquet Center, Alliance Municipal Golf Course.  

Memorials, cards, and flowers may be given to the donor's choice.

IN REMEMBRANCE OF DANIELLE LETS ALL REMEMBER HER BRIGHT SMILE THAT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM AND HER CONTAGIOUS LAUGHTER...  as we look up and picture her beautiful soul dancing in the skies!  

Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com