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Obituary: Marvin Helm


October 31, 2022

Marvin Helm

Marvin Helm

Marvin passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington at the age of 93

Marvin's visitation was Sunday, Oct., 23 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His funeral service was held Monday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Carrington, N.D., with Pastor Keith Hurlbut officiating. Music was by Carol Collins and Pat Torgeson. His burial was at the Carrington Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Grant Helm, Michael Kramer, Kim Berndt, Todd Bibelheimer, Jaden Riedesel and Jeff Riedesel.

Marvin Arthur Helm was born July 11, 1929, the son of Fred and Lydia (Reddig) Helm. He grew up on the family farm Northeast of Cathay, N.D. He graduated from Cathay High School in 1947 and attended Business School in Fargo, N.D.

Marvin married Carol Riedesel on July 29, 1951, at the Methodist church in Cathay, N.D. They farmed the Helm family homestead until January 1995 when they retired and moved to Carrington, N.D. Carol passed away in 1999, and Marvin remarried Jean Williamson in 2001. Jean passed away in 2019.

Marvin was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Carrington, having been a former member of Cathay Baptist Church until it closed. He was active in the church as a board member, taught Adult Sunday School, and served as a Gideon.

He served as a board member with Dakota Central, Wells County Soil Conservation Service, and Cenex Coop in New Rockford.

He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, fishing, whittling and doodling, but most of all he was a farmer at heart. Many of his friends and family have fond memories of him whistling his favorite hymns.

He is survived by two sons, Loren (Shawn) of Cathay, N.D. and Darrel of Wahpeton, N.D .; two daughters, Sheryl (Bruce) Stelzer of Danville, Illinois and Janel (Robert) Kramer of Wahpeton, N.D .; 10 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren; two sisters, Verna Berdt and Doris Broschat; former daughter-in-law, Naomi Helm.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents, his first wife Carol, and his second wife Jean.

The family prefers memorials to Gideons International or Crystal Springs Baptist Camp.

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