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Fiksdal Funeral Service
Saturday September 7th, 2013

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Harlan "Bob" Helwig

Harlan “Bob” Helwig, 75 of Waubay died on Friday August 30, 2013 at his home on Blue Dog Lake near Waubay. Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday September 7, 2013 at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster. Harlan “Bob” Henry Helwig was born to John and Leocadia (Pischke) Helwig on Tuesday June 7, 1938 at Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian Faith. He attended school in Webster and graduated from WHS in 1956. Immediately following graduation he enlisted into the US Navy. He was stationed in numerous places in the US. He then moved to Salt Lake City and made a living doing masonry work. After working three years in Utah, he returned to the area and attended University of North Dakota and received his teaching degree in English. He later served in the Naval Reserves for 20 plus years and during that time was called to duty during the Persian Gulf War. On December 7, 1963 he married Arlene Mahlen at St John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. The couple made their home in Wing, North Dakota where Bob taught for 4 years. They then moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin and then to Redwood Falls, Minnesota where Bob taught for the BDRSH school system. After Bob retired in 1999, the couple moved to their lake home on Blue Dog Lake near Waubay. After they moved to Waubay, Bob worked at HR One Stop and occasionally was a substitute teacher for the Waubay School system. He was a member of the American Legion and was extremely patriotic. Bob enjoyed playing cards especially poker, fishing, and masonry work. He was known for his masonry work, and constructed beautiful fireplaces for his family and friends. Bob was a jokester and loved people. He was an excellent teacher, often correcting others on their grammar. He was a play director for BDRSH and coached summer baseball. Bob was a man of many talents and loved to be busy, but his favorite pastime of all was spending time with his friends and especially his family. Bob passed away at Waubay, South Dakota on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the age of 75 years, 2 months, and 23 days. He will be forever missed by his wife Arlene of Waubay, SD, a son Rob (Danielle) Helwig of Phoenix, AZ, a daughter Dawn Helwig of Arlington, SD, four grandchildren: Danielle, Taylor, Tevin, and Avery, two sisters: Darlene Cavanaugh of Kent, WA, and Anita Williams of Zimmerman, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Leonard, Raymond, and Kenneth Helwig, and two sisters: Luella Gutormson, and Eleanor Gibson.

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sorry to hear about Bob's passing away. I am a cousin from Mpls,MN. Bobby and I went to St Otto's catholic school in Webster. Bobby's dad and my dad (mike) were brothers. My condolences. Denny Helwig

Dennis Helwig Oct 1 2013 12:00 AM

Arlene, Rob & Dawn, Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick Farmer

Rick Farmer Sep 9 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Helwigs, Family, and Friends, Many thoughts and prayers are with you from your fellow Redwood Falls citizens, your old West Side neighbors, and your mutual Cardinal Fans. Bob was a great fan and supporter of us all on the fields and off. We all remember him and you all with fond memories. Sincerely, Mark Trefry, Family, and Friends

Mark Trefry Sep 7 2013 12:00 AM

"A gentleman and a scholar" Uncle Bob used to say this....I agree...he was. Our deepest sympathies from across the pond. Cooper, Samantha, Caitlyn, Cole and Aidan Helwig

Cooper Helwig Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Helwig family. I'm thankful in so many ways for the positive and important influence Mr Helwig had on my life and so many others. Was this a great man....INDUBITABLY !!! dca

David Aamoth Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

A man of many talents...A man of great wit and wisdom...A man who cherished family and got along with all people...A man who will be missed by many..... Hey Bobbert....Say hello to my Grama up there will ya please....Her name is "Agnes"!! Love you and miss you already...Arlene, Rob and Dawn our thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Leanne & Tom

Leanne Harrington Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

Bob was a friend to everyone and a true American! We will all miss having him stop out to the shop and giving each other a bad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Arlene and the rest of the family.

Derek Sinner Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

Sorry for your Loss- Bob was a special person and will be GREATLY missed by all. Rick and RayeJean Lundeen

Rick Lundeen Sep 6 2013 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you, Arlene, Rob and Dawn and your families. Dave Norman from Redwood Falls let us know; and brought back memories from years gone by - miss seeing you, Arlene. Bev and Dave Hauswirth

bev hauswirth Sep 5 2013 12:00 AM

I was fortunate enough to have grown up next door to the Helwigs; I've truly known Bob my entire life. He and Arlene were like second parents to me and I considered Rob and Dawn my "older siblings." I never really knew Bob as a classroom teacher, but it's been so wonderful to read all of the posts from his former students. I'm not surprised in the least to see what an impact he had on so many lives. I'm also not surprised to see that people remember his sense of humor...that's definitely something that was present in his personal life as well. He was a great person and I'll miss hearing him call me "Dede." Bob will always have a special place in my heart (as will all of the Helwigs). Peace be with you, my friend, until we meet again!

Dionne Wee Sep 5 2013 12:00 AM

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