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Richard Erling "Dick" Helland


1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Richard Erling "Dick" Helland Obituary
Helland Richard Erling "Dick" Helland, 85, of Upper Arlington, died peacefully in hospice care at Riverside Methodist Hospital on March 10, 2017. He was born August 14, 1931 in San Antonio, TX, to Frances Hancock and Hans Richard Franz Helland and is predeceased by siblings Jim Helland and Frances Helland Watts, both of San Antonio. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Julie Hardesty Hubly Helland; children, George William "Bill" (Laura) Helland, Stacy Helland McVey, both of Upper Arlington, Frances Helland (Barry) Chester of Phoenixville, PA, Michael D. (Marta) Hubly of Menlo Park, CA and Kristen Healey Hubly (David) Young of Montecito, CA; and ten grandchildren. Dick entered hospice after being severely weakened from pneumonia following the flu. Surrounded by his wife and five children in the days leading to death, Dick passed away free of life support according to his wishes. Graced with a keen intellect, Dick graduated from the Texas Military Institute in 1948 as Salutatorian of his graduating class. He earned his BS in Civil Engineering in 1953 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Although life led him elsewhere, Dick remained close to his Texas family and friends, many of whom remain. He was LTJG and a Seabee in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps, 1954-1957. While serving in Bermuda he met his first wife Lynn Graham, married 1956 until her death in 1976. His career in business included work for Proctor & Gamble, 1957-69 in production management, until he moved to Columbus to join Capital City Products, manufacturer of edible oils, as Vice President, Manufacturing. In 1971 he was named President of the company. After Dick helped manage the storied buyout of Capital City from its new corporate owner, Quaker Oats, he sold it to Swedish company Karlshamns AB. He was President of their U.S. holding company until his retirement in 1990. Throughout his work life he received numerous awards and earned several management certificates. He was a former member of several boards including Columbus State Community College, Central Benefits, Columbus Showcase, and the Industrial Association of Central Ohio. Like his father, Dick was a Rotarian, served on the Rotary Foundation, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. An introspective man with a dry sense of humor, Dick was passionate about his faith and serving his community. A demanding corporate life was accompanied by volunteer service at United Way and board memberships at Godman Guild, the Jazz Arts Group, First Community Village Board of Trustees, and First Community Church, where he served as Chair of the Governing Board in the 1990s. Dick offered his love of gardening to create the Share and Learn Garden at FCC's North Campus, offering the produce to the church's food pantry. Most recently he was a service board member for the church's 8:30 Communion service. Dick's hobbies included gardening, tennis and in later years golf, joining Wedgewood Golf and Country Club and The 200 Club, a group of "senior gentlemen golfers" and their spouses. He was a lover of 19th century American impressionist painters, finding beauty in the light infusing the naturalist scenes. Retirement offered time to raise award-winning orchids in his greenhouse. He was a loving husband and father, a one-man newspaper clipping service, a steward of God, a master gardener, a great debater, and a beloved friend. We will miss him dearly. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 24, from 4-6 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road. A service in celebration of his life will be held on March 25, at 11 a.m. at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Road. Rev. Dr. Richard Wing officiating. Donations may be made in his honor to: First Community Church Foundation, 1320 Cambridge Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212; First Community Village Foundation, 1800 Riverside Dr, Columbus, OH 43212; or the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, 734 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203, in his memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 12, 2017
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