Robert Helstedt

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Robert Helstedt, 86, Minot and formerly of Bergen died on Sunday, October 3, 2021 in a Minot hospital.

Robert Larry Helstedt was born on January 19, 1935 in Minot to Rudolph and Luella (Haga) Helstedt.  They lived in Bergen until the family moved to Towner in 1939 when his father served as McHenry County Sheriff.  The family returned to the Bergen area in 1945 and farmed in Odin Township.  Robert graduated from Bergen High School in 1953. 

Robert married the love of his life, Ardella Weber, on August 4, 1957 at Oak Valley Lutheran Church in Velva.  They made their home in Minot where Robert was employed at Minot Dental Lab.  He was one of the first certified dental technicians in North Dakota.  In 1974, Robert became a civil service employee at the Minot Air Force Base where he worked in the Paint Shop, Heat Shop and Asbestos Removal Shop.  He retired in 1997.

Robert was a longtime member of Augustana Lutheran Church and later Christ Lutheran Church.  Robert’s family meant the world to him. He also loved old tractors, stationary engines, bib overalls, Dish TV and sweets. He was extremely mechanical and could fix anything.  He was a member of the Drake, Lansford, and Makoti Threshing Associations and the Oliver Club. 

Robert’s loving family includes his wife of 64 years Ardella; daughters: Sue Doeling of Houston, Barb (Pete) Schmitt of Minneapolis; grandchildren:  Steven (Mary) Doeling and Kathleen (Craig) Elsbury; great grandson: Lucas Elsbury; sisters: Audrey Hultman of Greeley, CO and Bonnie (Curt) Feist of Velva; brother-in-law:  Arno (Sharon) Weber of Minot and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Edgewood for their excellent care of Robert the past eight months.  Special thanks to LaVonne Gullickson for her caregiving and friendship these past years.

Celebration of the Life of Robert Helstedt:  Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church – Minot.  The family requests that all who are attending be vaccinated and wear a mask, and if unvaccinated, the family requests you join them via a livestream of the service, available by using the following link:

Interment will be in the Bergen Cemetery with a fellowship to follow at the Bergen Church.

Visitation:  Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot.

Memorials are preferred to the Bergen Cemetery or Christ Lutheran Church.



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