Ronald Eugene Helgesen, age 87, died at his rural Kendallville home on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Mr. Helgesen was born in Elgin, Illinois on April 22, 1933 to Arthur Otto and Mildred Amelia (Theis) Helgesen. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1952 and entered in the United States Navy where he honorably served his country until 1954 during the Korean Conflict. Ronald married Marceille Shively on October 31, 1953 at the Blue River Church of the Brethren near Tri Lakes in Whitley County. Ron was employed with General Electric in Fort Wayne. He loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed doing yard work, mowing the grass in summertime and cutting wood for the winter. Ron was a strong, independent man but he had stubborn side and could be set in his ways. Ron was deeply loved by his family. He will be greatly missed.
His wife of 67 years, Marceille Helgesen of Kendallville.
Son, Kevin and Cindy Helgesen of Fort Wayne.
Son, Mike and Stephanie Helgesen of Auburn.
Daughter, Julie Handshoe of Kendallville.
7 grandchildren: Lisa (Brandon) Kope of Fort Wayne; Carrie (Tyler) Shea of Fort Wayne; Todd (Katie) Helgesen of Lowell; Chad Helgesen of Auburn; Sara (James) Collins of Kendallville; Dylan Handshoe of Avilla and Hailie Handshoe of Kendallville.
10 great grandchildren: Jonathan Kope, Mason Shea, Treyson Shea, Leigha Shea, Jaxon Shea, Oscar Trevino, Michael Helgesen, Scarlett Helgesen, Isabella Helgesen and Chloie Handshoe.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kerry Helgesen in 1979; brothers, Arnold, Leslie, Art and Gene Helgesen.
There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home.
Burial will take place at a later date at Wolf Lake Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Parkview Noble Hospice.
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