July 27, 1929 — Jan. 4, 2017
Dale Marvin Helmers, age 87, died peacefully at Kossuth Regional Health Center on Jan. 4, 2017. Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 1:30 p.m., at the Ramsey Reformed Church of rural Titonka, Iowa.
Visitation will be Friday evening Jan. 6, 2017, from 4-7 p.m., at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Titonka and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Burial will be at the Buffalo Township Cemetery near Titonka.
Dale was born on July 27, 1929 in rural German Valley, Iowa. He was the second child of seven born to John and Cora (Boeckholt) Helmers. He was baptized at his home in 1939. He attended Ramsey Reformed Church and remained a faithful servant all his life.
He attended German Valley Country School through the eighth grade. He continued working as a farm hand for the neighboring farmers in the area. From 1951-1953, he served his country in the Korean Conflict.
On August 26, 1954, he married Bertha Siehlmann at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Dale and Bertha made their home and raised their family in Titonka all their married life.
In 1956, Dale began working for the Kossuth County Secondary Road Department. He worked out of the Titonka County Shed for 35 years before he retired in 1991. He remained on “County” time the remainder of his life. “Early to bed and early to Rise.” He took pride in a good days work. After his retirement, he continued to work seasonally for Kent Rode. He admired Kent and valued their working relationship greatly.
Dad could figure out and fix anything. He loved to mow the lawn, sit outside, and go for a ride in his pick-up which usually ended up at one of the girls’ house for coffee. He enjoyed working and instilled a strong work ethic in each one of his children. Dad never complained. He was a very content person – never wanting much in life. He was so appreciative for anything that was given to him. “Thank You” was heard frequently. Dad took life in stride. Even though his journey included many trials and health issues, when asked, dad was always “good.” Dad loved to visit especially with his sisters Leanna and Lorraine. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were such a joy to him. He enjoyed everything about them and all of their activities.
Dale was a lifelong resident of Titonka, Iowa. He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.
He leaves behind his wife, Bertha of 62 years and six children. One son and five daughters; Darryl and Susan Helmers, Debra and Mark Landheer, Rochelle and David Harms, Sheryl and Doug Nelson, Lisa and Allen Dirksen and Janet and Mike Perkins. Dad was very proud of his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Lorraine Freidhof, Leanna Radcliffe, sister-in-law, Lennice and husband Paul Menke, brother-in-law, George Stecker and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents, 3 brothers — Arnold and wife Ione, Raymond, Herman; one sister, Arlene Stecker; brother-in-law, Robert Freidhof and a son-in-law, Richard Jensvold.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Titonka was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.