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Leonard "Len" Warren Helm, 87

Leonard "Len" Warren Helm, 87, of Bemidji, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at his home in Bemidji.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Genelle Netland officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji under the direction of Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

He was born Feb. 17, 1922, to Louis and Sheila (McBain) Helm in Euclid, Minn. He was baptized at Euclid Catholic Church. He was raised and educated in Rainy River, Canada, from grades 1-10, where he loved playing hockey. His family then moved to Bemidji, and he graduated from Bemidji High School in 1938. Following high school, he graduated from French's Business College in Bemidji, and later from welding school in Portland, Ore. He married Lois Boyd June 7, 1942, at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. They had a one-day honeymoon at Douglas Lodge in Itasca State Park. As an adult, he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was an employee of Lakehead Pipeline, now Enbridge Pipeline Inc. He worked as a welder, and later as a foreman in Thief River Falls, Minn., and Manistique, Michigan. After retiring, he continued to work for Lakehead as an inspector for four years.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Bemidji Eagle's Club, Ralph Gracie American Legion Post No. 14 of Bemidji and Bemidji VFW Post No. 1260. He was very proud of his country and would salute the flag wherever he saw it flying. He was proud of his ethnicity, German on his father's side and Scottish on his mother's side. He enjoyed attending Walker Ethnic Fest, and listening to the Winnipeg Police Bagpiper's Band. As an avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, blackjack, baseball and hockey. He enjoyed watching the Twins.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Karen (Talleiv) Vollen of St. Cloud, Minn., Lynn (Charles) Moore of Bemidji and Ft. Myers, Fla., and Katharine (Paul) Lehmkuhl of Perham, Minn.; sons, Daniel (Barbara) Helm of Mandan, N.D., and James (Karen) Helm of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada; sister, Leila Redding of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters-in-law; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leslie Helm; sister, Jean Waters; and an infant grandson.