Eldon Helget

Eldon Helget, of Jordan (formerly of Leavenworth/Sleepy Eye), passed away May 25, 2019 at the age of 74. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (104 First Street West) in Jordan. Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:00 AM with visitation one-hour prior at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (313 East Second Street) in Jordan. Father Neil Bakker will preside.

On October 6, 1944, Eldon Vernard Helget was born to Edwin & Alice (Braulick) Helget. Eldon was one of fifteen children. He grew up in Leavenworth near Sleepy Eye and always loved playing baseball. He was on the local teams through his childhood and high school.

After graduating from Sleepy Eye High School, Eldon began working as a truck driver. He had a strong work ethic. He also was proud to serve in the National Guard Reserves for a couple years. When he wasn’t working, Eldon enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle and spending time with friends.

As a young man, he married Carol Johnson. They eventually went their separate ways, but their marriage was blessed with three sons, Terry, Darrin & Jeremy. Soon Eldon began working for Midland Glass. This is where he met the love of his life, Linda Fuhrman. Eldon asked her out on a date. She accepted, and the rest was history. Eldon and Linda were married January 17, 1976. They settled in Jordan and had two girls, Heather & Heidi.

Eldon worked hard to provide a good life for his family. Throughout the years he worked as a truck driver for Dietrich, was an outside lumber yard manager at Menards, and drove for Kraemer & Sons. He and Linda also ran Budget Video in Jordan for more than a decade. When it came time for Eldon to retire, he kept busy as a driver for Wolf Motors and Genesis. He loved working at both businesses and made many wonderful friends along the way.

When he wasn’t working, Eldon spent a lot of time outdoors. He was an avid fisherman. The Helgets took a family fishing trip in Detroit Lakes every summer. Eldon also loved horses. He even got a bright red horse trailer to match his beloved red pick-up truck. Eldon kept a beautiful lawn and made sure it was mowed in perfectly straight lines. He also was a wonderful gardener and also tried to grow the biggest tomatoes and potatoes.

In his free time, Eldon enjoyed cheering on the local sports teams, especially the MN Twins & Vikings. He and Linda enjoyed playing cards with some family & friends. They played Sheephead. When grandkids came along, Eldon had a new passion in life. He was a wonderful grandpa to his eight grandsons. Eldon also got to be a bonus grandpa to Connor & Callie while Linda was providing daycare for them. Callie was the granddaughter Eldon never had, and he loved treating her like a princess.

Eldon was recently diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. After 7 weeks of going between Abbott Northwestern Hospital & Ridgeview Rehab Center, Eldon passed away peacefully with his wife, daughter Heather, son-in-law Tom & a close family friend Tommy Kabus by his side. Eldon was a kind and hard-working man who loved his family deeply.

He will be remembered always by his wife, Linda Helget; children, Terry (Rochelle) Helget, Darrin Helget, Jeremy Helget, Heather (Tom) Jaszczak & Heidi Goldberg; grandsons, Dustin, Logan, Bryce, Cole, Daniel, Dane, Hudson & Mordechai; siblings, Kathy (Donnie) Ludewig, Luella Ricke, Whitey Helget, Lanette (Bill) Hanson, Wes (Lori) Helget, Donna (Wally) Beranek, Daniel (Sue) Helget, Harlan (Nita) Helget, Lowell (Connie) Helget, Bobby (Lori) Helget, Rolene (Mark) Fromm, Janice (Jon) Schauman, Brian (Janee) Helget, Betsy (Randy) Jensen & many nieces, nephews & friends.

Eldon was greeted in Heaven by his parents and brother-in-law, Tom Ricke.

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  1. Mary Ellen Krystosek

    Lanette, so sorry for your loss, prayers for you and the whole family .

  2. Bill and Sandi Danielson

    Extending our deepest sympathy!

  3. So sorry to hear, sending prayers and hugs
    To you Linda
    Love Kathy

  4. I remember Eldon from Leavenworth and our school bus. A very handsome and very nice man. My sympathy to his family. Marlene Kolbe

  5. Cindy Kramer Steffl

    Our family extends our sympathy and support to your family. Eldon lives on inside all of you❤️

  6. so sorry to hear of the passing of Eldon. I enjoyed working with him for the short time we worked together.

  7. Sandy Domeier- Anderson

    My sympathy to all the family of Eldon.

  8. bettie krautkremer

    I am so sorry to hear about Eldon. We were good neighbors for 7 years. I enjoyed working with eldie at Menards,

  9. We are so very sorry for your unexpected loss..prayers to all of you.
    Ray Kral Jr. & wife , Susie
    Sleepy Eye MN

  10. Hi Linda & family,
    So very sorry to hear of Eldon’s passing! Your family is in my thoughts & prayers!
    Sincerely,
    Brenda Herman

  11. Susie and Jeff Pelzel

    Our deepest sympathy to the Helget family.
    Grew up with Eldon and his siblings near Leavenworth.

  12. Linda Starke (Friend of Bonnie Ubl)

    My sincere sympathy Linda to you and your family. God’s blessings.

  13. My most sincere sympathy on the loss of your father, Heather. You and your family remain in my prayers through this most difficult time.

  14. Daun (Alt) Klotz

    The Sleepy Eye Public School class of 1962 extends their sympathy and prayers to your family. Eldon was a real part of our class and will be missed. God’s Blessings.

  15. Janet Breitfeller

    Jim and I are so grateful we got you know you Linda, and Eldy. Playing cards and laughing so much. I will never, ever forget that horrible winter drive! We were all terrified, but not Eldy. He drove us through that ice like a pro (which he was), and he stayed so calm, even with a truck full of nervous people. He was certainly my hero that day! I am sorry I will not have the opportunity to play cards with him again.

  16. Mark & Susan Brown

    We will celebrate the life of Eldon as we mourn his passing with you. We know we can’t make your pain go away, but want you to know we’re here with a shoulder or an ear if you need it.
    Playing cards will never be the same for us until we meet him again in Heaven.
    God bless you and comfort you with love. at this sad time.
    Mark and Susan Brown

  17. Bob and Lily Gray

    Linda, we’re very sorry for your loss. Bob and Lily Gray

  18. Jody (Brand) Kral

    Sorry for your loss. Your family in my prayers. Yes thankful for all the times he visited my parents Robert and Lucille Brand.

  19. Alice and Joe hillesheim

    Our sympathy to all of Eldon’s family. Was a classmate from 1st grade through high school. Eldie was a great guy.

  20. Sorry for your loss sending prayers for your family.

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