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Ronald H. Helmke, 78

Ronald H. Helmke, age 78, of St. Louis Park, passed away surrounded by family Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, following a courageous, six-year battle with multiple myeloma.

He was born Dec. 10, 1935, in Lake Wilson, MN.

Ron worked for Sterling Electric for 31 years as a salesman, retiring in 1993.

He loved his family, his dog “Bo Diddley,” being retired, his cabin on Bay Lake, reading John Sanford mysteries, all Minnesota sports teams, the outdoors, a good bargain, and spaghetti.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Lana; children Bruce (Kathryn A.), Brent (Kathryn F.), and Jill Tricola (Joe); grandchildren Lindsay, Amy, Luke, Justin, and Jordan; great-grandchildren Cameron, Parker, and Jace; a sister, Darlene Davidson (Duane); former wife, Nita Miller (Jim); and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian; father Henry; and brothers Darrell, Gene, Dale, and David.

Ron was loved by all and will be missed. A celebration of his life took place Friday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorials preferred to Bay Lake Camp or Bay Lake Environmental Association.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Cokato & Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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