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Eldon L Helm

October 29, 1939 — November 8, 2011

Eldon Helm, age 72, of Granton, WI died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.Eldon Louis Helm was born on October 29, 1939 in Neillsville the son of Louis and Adelia (Garbisch) Helm. He attended and graduated from Granton High School and then farmed his entire life on the home farm. On October 5, 1985 he was united in marriage to Doreen Fenske-Schmidt in Granton, WI. In 1991, Eldon sold his cows, but continued to farm his crops.He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. A lifetime member of the Southern Clark County Sportsman's Club and the Granton FFA Alumni. A charter and lifetime member of the Foundation of North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS). A member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.He enjoyed hunting and sharing his knowledge of hunting with others. He loved farming his land, which included growing and sharing his sweet corn. Eldon was a giving and devoted gentleman who was a friend to everyone he met and would always lend a hand at a moment's notice.Eldon is survived by his wife, Doreen, two children, Brian Helm of Eden Prairie, MN and Suzette (Chuck) Wysocky of Altoona, WI, two step-sons, Tony (Rose) Schmidt of Sarasota, FL and Todd (Deb) Schmidt of Wauwatosa, WI and a son-in-law, Eric Backaus of Neillsville, WI. Eldon is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters, his mother-in-law, Idora Fenske of Marshfield, WI, one brother, Roland (Bev) Helm of Cedarburg, WI, four sisters-in-law, Elda Helm of Portage, MI, Bev Helm of Chili, WI, Judy (Tom) Van Elzen of Appleton, WI, Linda Fenske of Marshfield, WI, special family friend Jan Rasmussen, and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-daughter, Tammy Backaus and two brothers, Walter and Norman.Funeral Services for Eldon will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. Pastors Chris Schwanz and Dan Schuessow will officiate. Music will be provided by Caroline Helm, organist. Interment will be in the Town of Lynn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Church.Casket Bearers are: Ryan Gill, Tim Wysocky, Greg Wysocky, Sterling Backaus, Bryce Backaus and Kyle Schmidt.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church Housing Maintenance Fund or the Highground of Neillsville.Funeral Home:Gesche Funeral Home4 South Grand AvenueNeillsville, WIUS 54456
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