December 22, 1920 - January 31, 2016
Gordon Keith Helland of Brodhead, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the home of his daughter Barbara Mertens. He was born on December 22, 1920 in Durand, IL, the son of Leonard and Helen Leona (Gingrich) Helland. He married Gladys Charlene Foss on January 21, 1944 at his parents home in Juda. Gordon graduated from Juda High School in 1940. He and his wife farmed in the Durand, Juda and Brodhead areas, retiring in 1972 when they moved to Brodhead. He was a welder at Fairbanks Colt Ind., Beloit, for 22 years, retiring in 1982. Gordon was a member of the United Methodist Church, Brodhead, Sugar River Pheasant Club, Pheasants Forever and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He truly enjoyed his ice fishing buddies till he could no longer walk out on the ice. He enjoyed the many camping, fishing trips, riding horses and packing into the mountains in Idaho with Gladys, Barb, and her family. Survivors include his wife Gladys; son Keith (Rae) Helland, Juda; daughters, Joyce Helland, Amery, WI, Cindy (Gale) Borgmann, Oshkosh, WI, Barbara (Ted) Mertens, Brodhead; seven grandchildren, Troy ((Hanna) Helland, Kristi Helland, Steven (Deb) Morelock, Sheila Anderson, Lon (Jenny) Borgmann, Kathi Borgmann, Jason (Keri) Mertens; four great-granddaughters, Kalli and Connie Olson, Bailey Anderson, Allison Borgmann; four great-grandsons, Ryan Borgmann, Quentin, Eli and Oliver Mertens; three step great-granddaughters; a brother, Bruce Helland, Japan; a sister, Bergene (Judy) Maxted, Beloit, WI; and a brother-in-law, Harry Buhlman. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Duane, a sister, Rachel Buhlman, a brother-in-law, Robert Maxted and two sons, David, in infancy, and Konnie. Memorial services will be held at a later date. By Gordy's request, no formal funeral services will be held. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Juda, WI. Donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, Brodhead, and Mercy Hospice. A special thank you to Peggy Helland and Sherry Kuebli for your support during this time.
Gordon Keith Helland of Brodhead, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the home of his daughter Barbara Mertens. He was born on December 22, 1920 in Durand, IL, the son of Leonard and Helen Leona (Gingrich) Helland. He married Gladys... View Obituary & Service Information
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