Herbert Helgeson – Obit

Herbert Henry Helgeson, 77, was born on October 18, 1942 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and died unexpectantly on September 4, 2020. Herb was the youngest and only son of five children born to Theodore Helgeson and Stella Jordahl. Herb graduated from Central High School in 1960 and attended the University of North Dakota. Herb also worked as a laboratory technician in the North Dakota National Guard for several years.

Herb met Diane M Sayer, an RN, when he worked as an ambulance driver at Deaconess Hospital. They were married on September 24th, 1965 in Brandon, Manitoba.
Herb worked for 31 years for Straus Clothing Store in Grand Forks and retired in April 1997, when Straus closed their doors. After his retirement from Straus Herb worked several part-time jobs in Grand Forks for Menards, the University of North Dakota’s Facilities Department, and drove for Rydell Chevrolet Buick GMC. One of Herb’s favorite jobs was working side by side with his son at Odin’s Belmont Service where he was fondly referred to as “Triple H”.

He loved to do yard work and spend time with his family especially his grandchildren around the pool. Papa was always known for having the pool a balmy 87 degrees for his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Diane of 55 years, his children, Paul (Heather) Helgeson, Lisa (Tim) Rynning, and six grandchildren, Joshua Horsley (Ophelie), Theodore Helgeson (Will), Sam Helgeson (Jessica), Zachary Rynning (Amanda), Britta LaBine (Blake) and Hannah Rynning (Max), great-grandchildren, Sophia Horsley (5) and Wesley Helgeson (5 months) and baby Rynning due September 2020. Herb is also survived by his sisters Edna Mae Keller, Donna Burris, and Shirley Billberg and several nieces and nephews. Herb was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marlene Kuntz and nephew Timothy Burris.