24 Jan Ronnie “Ron” Helm
Ronnie (Ron) G. Helm, 76, Bismarck, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024, at his home with his wife and daughter by his side after a battle with metastatic lung cancer.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, January 26, at McCabe United Methodist Church, 1030 North 6th St., Bismarck. Family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service. A livestream of the service https://www.mccabechurch.com/livestream/ Burial will be at the ND Veterans Cemetery at 2:00PM.
Ronnie Gene Helm was born on June 11, 1947 in Bismarck, ND to Fred and Ella (Schielke) Helm and grew up on a farm in the Denhoff area. He attended country school, Denhoff and Goodrich Schools, and McClusky School. It was when the family moved to a farm south of McClusky that he met the love of his life, Violetta Schell, on the school bus and won her heart with his sense of humor and fun. They married on April 13, 1968. Daughter, Lynn, completed their family and was their dearest treasure.
When Uncle Sam called, Ron joined the United States Army on June 12, 1968, completing basic training in Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Knox, KY, and was stationed in Fort Riley, KS, with training in Germany. Ron achieved the rank of E-4 with HHC 1st BN 2nd Inf 1st Inf Div Fort Riley, KS, 5th U.S. Army. He received the National Defense Service Medal and Expert (Rifle M-14) and was very proud of his military service to his country. He was honorably discharged on June 11, 1970.
Thoughout his life, Ron was a hard worker and after moving to Bismarck in 1970, he began his career as a carpenter for Ziegler Construction building custom homes and also had his own sideline carpentry business. A few years later he landed his dream job with Bismarck Public Schools and spent 36 years caring for the facilities of learning. He was meticulous and dedicated to his work. Ron received the Facilities and Transportation Employee of the Year award in 2017.
Ron loved working with his hands creating things and used those talents to build their home. He also built an ice house for his favorite sport of ice fishing and spent many weekends at Lake Audubon with his fishing buddies.
After retirement, Ron was content tinkering on projects in his shop. He also took pride in keeping a nice yard and garden and would sit in his rocker with a glass of Mountain Dew for “admiration time.”
Vi and Lynn were the center of his world and when granddog, Gordy, joined the family his heart filled with joy. Spending time with family was important whether it was brothers trips to threshing shows, Christmas parties with homemade ice cream or going for coffee.
Ron was a faithful member of McCabe United Methodist Church serving on various boards and committees. He worked on numerous projects for the church such as building a garage and installing stained glass windows with Pastor Art. Ron and Vi also served as communion stewards for many years.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Vi, Bismarck; daughter, Lynn Kohlasch, Inver Grove Heights, MN; brothers, Delaino (Norleen), Duane, Richard (Emmie), Burnell (Anna), Arvin (special friend Monica Zabolotney), Darrell (Myra), Arlan (Jeanine), Darvis (Susann); sisters, Linda Parsons and Darla Helm; sisters-in-law, LaVerne Trangmoe and Donna Elkins; brothers-in-law, Terry (Kris) Schell and Larry (Sylvia) Schell; former son-in-law, Frank Kohlasch; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arlo Helm and Harry Trangmoe; sisters, Paulette Sommer and Connie Yi; brothers-in-law, Don Parsons, Darvis Sommer, and Murphy Yi; sister-in-law Gloria Helm; and granddog, Gordy.
Ron’s family would like to acknowledge the amazing care from his medical teams at Hetland ENT, Bismarck Cancer Center, Sanford Oncology, CHI St. Alexius Health, Metro Ambulance and Hospice Red River Valley. A special thank you for spiritual care from Pastor Karl, Pastor Lou, Chaplain Dan and Chaplain Jenny.
Ron touched many hearts and lives and his influence and good example will always be with those that were blessed to have walked this earth with him. Rest in peace until we meet again.