Duane Allen Helgeson of Post Lake passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on November 18, 2020 at age 90. He was born on January 18, 1930 in Antigo to Gunder and Ruth Helgeson. He married Elaine Wiedenhoeft on June 28, 1948. She preceded him in death in 2012.
He began his long career working for a local potato grower and went on to work as a heavy equipment operator for Oneida County for 16 years. From there he went on to become a member of Local 139 Operator's Union and ran heavy equipment for Michel's Construction, and then for Mike Black Construction until he retired. During many years of his life he also worked part-time as a logger and ran his small family farm.
He enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting with his sons, grandchildren and other relatives. Deer hunting season, along with family gathering for Thanksgiving dinner, was an annual tradition that he always looked forward to. He was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed watching the games with many good friends and family at local establishments. He was an avid reader in his later years, and was always ready to tell an interesting story; one being of his face-to-face encounter with a mother bear and her cubs, and the time he tamed a wild buck in his backyard. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.
Survivors include his three sons Michael (Katherine) Helgeson, Green Bay, Mark (Teresa) Helgeson, Baldwin, Marshall (Susan) Helgeson, Pelican Lake; three daughters Maureen (Gary) Leindecker, Pelican Lake, Mischelle (Charles) Hittle, Lady Lake, Florida, Mary Ellen Severt, Post Lake; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren; two sisters Pauline (George) Olinske, Cadott and Sharon (Roger) Mackie, Oak Creek; and his faithful companion Bo, his dog.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years and sister, Naomi Vaughn.
On November 15, he came to saving faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He went to his eternal home three days later.
There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 10 am at Elcho Cemetery. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Bradley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences at www.bradleyfh.com
He was an amazing Grandpa (step, by still love us the same) He was always glad to have us around.
Sorry to hear of Dads passing. It was a pleasureto have known Duane. Now he will reunite with his wife and start a nother chapter.RIP
RIP Duane glad to have know you
So sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy & a lot of fun to be with. He will be missed.
Chuck & Jill Huebschen
So Sorry for your loss. Thanks for the memories when I was a kid.
We were so sorry to hear of Duane's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him so much.
Barb and Bob Sagstetter
Our condolences to Duane's family. Always enjoyed chatting with him and waving to him when we stopped to pick up our mail. He will be missed.
Ben & Patty Brzozowski
We are so sorry on Duane's passing. Such a compassionate man with lots of great stories to tell.
Our deepest sympathy to his family. Mark & Deb Black
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