Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

Obituary – Merlin W. Helsing

RANDOLPH — Merlin W. Helsing, 79, Randolph, died Feb. 24, 2011, at Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk.
Visitation and a Prayer Service were Feb. 27 at First United Methodist Church, Randolph.
Memorial Services were Feb. 28 at First United Methodist Church, Randolph, with Rev. Samm Johnston officiating.
Inurnment was in the Randolph Cemetery, with Military Rites provided by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post #5545 and American Legion Post #113 of Randolph.


Honorary Pallbearers were Merlin’s grandchildren, Ryan Brodersen, Dane Broderson, Michael Schutte, Steven Schutte, Tom Sauser, Michelle Sauser, Emma Sauser, Kaylee Arens, Alyson Arens, Jason Schmit, Melissa Schmit, Tim Schmit, Nick Schmit, Laurel Reineke, Nathan Reineke and Eric Reineke.
Arrangements were under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Randolph.
Merlin Wendell Helsing, oldest child of Wendell Bruce and Myrtle Wilhelmina (Person) Helsing, was born Nov. 8, 1931, at Wahoo. He was baptized and confirmed at the Swedeburg Covenant Church, Swedeburg. He grew up on a farm southeast of Wahoo and attended District #29 rural school through the eighth grade. He graduated from Wahoo High School in 1948, third in a class of 74. He farmed with his father until 1952 when he volunteered for the draft and entered the U.S. Army in December of that year. He had basic training and Leadership School at Camp Roberts, Calif. He shipped over to Korea in December 1952, serving 12 months as platoon sergeant. He received a bronze star for his service and was honorably discharged in December 1954. He married Carol Palmer Sept. 19, 1954, at Raymond. During the next many years they were engaged in farming and were blessed with six daughters. They eventually made their home in Randolph where they have lived for the last 38 years.
Through his membership in the First United Methodist Church of Randolph, he was called to be a certified lay minister and was also active in various leadership roles in the church.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters and spouses, Sheryl and Dave Rehurek, Yankton, S.D.; Lori and Paul Schutte, Wisner; Julie and Mike Sauser, Plainview; Kathy and Kevin Arens, Lincoln; Corinne and Paul Schmit, Randolph; and Jennifer and Jeremy Reineke, Gretna; 16 grandchildren, Ryan, Dane, Michael, Steven, Tom, Michelle, Emma, Kaylee, Alyson, Jason, Melissa, Tim, Nick, Laurel, Nathan, Eric; three step-grandchildren: Amanda, Andrew and Zac; and three great-grandchildren, Callie, Tate and Tristan, brother and wife, Ron and Nona Helsing; and sister and husband, Joyce and Richard Luther, all of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandson Matthew.