East Grand Forks – Lawrence F. Helt, 83, of East Grand Forks, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
Funeral Service were held Monday, November 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 3rd St. NW, East Grand Forks. Interment was held at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery ~ Thief River Falls, MN
Lawrence Frank Helt was born on Oct. 7, 1933 at Grafton, ND to the parents of Frank and Marcella (Novak) Helt of Lankin, ND. He attended a one room school at Medford #84, and he completed Lankin High School in three years. He graduated from North Dakota State University and taught Vocational Agriculture at Alvarado, for one year before entering the United States Air Force as a Captain from ROTC in college.
He completed Pilot Training at Bartow Air Base at Winter Haven, FL. He flew several different planes especially the B25 Mitchell. He taught at Mohall High School in Mohall, ND, and Lincoln High School and also the Vocational School in Thief River Falls, NDSU in Ag. Education and earned his Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He was Assistant State Supervisor of Vocational Agriculture at Bismarck and later Taught at Fort Berthold College in New Town, ND.
He married Adelaide Molland in 1955at St. Anthony Church at Fargo, N.D. They had four children, each born in a different state while in the Air Force. Adelaide passed away in 2001.
In his younger years he enjoyed riding ponies and horses as a family hobby and camping at the Lankin Dam. He enjoyed celebrating family birthdays and holidays. He was involved with successful FFA Chapters in State and National Competitions. He looked forward to meetings with The Golden Pioneers at Thief Rivers Falls and the Bible Study and the Knights of Columbus meetings in East Grand Forks.
Lawrence is survived by his children, David of Union Grove, WI, Roberta (Ben) Wessolowski of Fargo, ND, Tim of Thief River Falls, and Bill of Fargo, ND; brother, Winslow (Mary) of Sacramento, CA; sisters, Barbara and Shirley of Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren, Erin (Joe) Mattice of Appleton, WI, Nick (Melissa) of Racine, WI and Elsa Wessolowski of Fargo, ND and great-grandchildren, Killion, Elaine and Grayson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Adelaide and infant brother Norman Helt.
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