Gary Helland

Gary Helland, age 74, of Fordville, ND, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at First Care Health Center in Park River, ND.

Gary was born January 14, 1947 near Fordville, the son of Alfred and Olga (Sve) Helland. He was raised and grew to manhood in the Fordville area. He attended and graduated from Fordville High School. Gary served in the United States Army from 1969 – 1970, stationed in Vietnam. After receiving his Honorable Discharge he returned to Fordville where he farmed with his dad and brothers. He was also employed at Casement Implement in Fordville and later for the Bina Farm of Lankin. After retirement he continued to help area farmers with spring and fall work. Gary married Waina Linstad in October, 1980.

Gary was a member of the Fordville Lutheran Church and the Fordville American Legion where he was past Chaplain. He enjoyed volunteering for the community and his church. Gary liked to ride motorcycle, collect Indian Artifacts, read and do crossword puzzles. He also liked curling and archery. When he was younger he enjoyed hunting and trapping. He especially loved spending time with his daughter Britta.

Surviving members of his family include his daughter Britta (Jay) Jelinek, Fordville; brothers: Clark (Cathie) Helland, Coon Rapids, MN and Paul (Lois) Helland, Perham, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Christa Helland and his parents.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Park River Bible Camp in Gary’s name.

FUNERAL SERVICES: 2 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2021 in the Fordville Lutheran Church of Fordville.

VISITATION: One hour prior to the service in the church.

INTERMENT: Oak Grove Cemetery, Fordville.

MILITARY HONORS: Rotnem-Abel Post 247 of the Fordville American Legion and the North Dakota Army National Guard Honor Team.


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