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Dale J. Helgeson, 70, of Asbhy, MN, died on Friday, February 16, 2018, at his residence, surrounded by family.
Dale Jerome was born on May 21, 1947, at Wright Hospital in Fergus Falls, MN, the son of Gilmen Leonard and Rosella Irene (Nohre) Helgeson. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake. Dale graduated from Ashby High School in 1965 and in 1969, he graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in Physical Education/Health. Dale went on to student teach at Twin Valley, MN before embarking on his lifetime career path of road construction.
On October 1, 1977, he married Joan Renee Sivertson, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Dalton. To this union three children were born, Kristie, Lane and Brian. The couple resided in Fergus Falls before returning to Dale’s parents homestead in Ashby. Dale worked at Dieseth and H & R construction for over 40 years as a superintendent until his retirement in October 2013. He was a member of the local 49ers Union and Our Saviors Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church. Dale was a calm, patient, meticulous, hardworking, compassionate good Samaritan. Dale and Joan recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. Dale will truly be missed by all those who knew him.
Dale enjoyed the outdoors, deer and pheasant hunting, ice fishing, his dogs, and tinkering with tractors. Dale cherished his time with family, especially the Friday night pizza parties. Dale cherished his grandkids and could often be seen guiding them on pontoon and 4wheeler rides. He enjoyed the company of the men on his crew at H & R.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilmen and Rosella.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joan Helgeson of Ashby; three children, Kristie (Brett) Knutson of Blaine, MN, Lane (Samantha) Helgeson of Cokato, MN and Brian (Alisha) Helgeson of Fergus Falls; two siblings, Lyle Helgeson of Fergus Falls and Diane Helgeson of Plymouth, MN; seven grandchildren, Lyla, Tessa, Maizy, Jozy, Edy, Abram and Drew along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Memorials preferred to the Hope Lodge,2500 University Ave SE , Minneapolis, MN 55414, or Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Center in Fergus Falls, 908 S Cascade St, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.
Visitation: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 5-7 P.M. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Ashby and continuing one hour prior to the service at the church.
Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Our Saviors Ten Mile Lake Lutheran Church in Dalton.
Clergy: Pastor Matthew Zelie
Interment: Our Saviors Cemetery, Dalton