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Richard L. Helean

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TAMPA, FLA. - Richard L. Helean, 65, of Tampa, Florida, died of natural causes Monday, July 2, at home.

Rick's life will be celebrated with family and friends at home in Tampa. Stories of Rick's wit, humor and sense of mischief will be shared, and his legend forged.

Rick died at home surrounded by family. He was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Dodge City, Kan., to Maurice and Valeda Mae (Birney) Helean. He married Kathy A. Palmer on Oct. 23, 1982.

He graduated from Lamar High School in 1965. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Maryland and his master's degree from Lesley University. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a professional military educator (PME) and as a first sergeant. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he began a second career in technology and held various leadership positions.

Among Rick's passions was traveling the world and experiencing new cultures. With each new adventure, however, he gained new perspective on, and appreciation for, his hometown of Lamar, Colo., and his family's hometown of Bucklin, Kan.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, Amy (Mark) Burdge of St. Louis, Mo.; his son Andrew (Vanessa Gerring ) Helean of Leesburg, Va.; his grandchildren, Allen Burdge and Wyatt, Elizabeth, Rosella and Seth Helean; his brother, Chris (Cindy) Rundell of Lamar; and his sisters, Tammy (Bruce) Nelson of Havre and Janie (Butch) Mohar of Turner.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Valeda Rundell; his stepfather, Eugene Rundell and his father, Maurice Helean.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the (www.cancer.org), designated to colorectal cancer, in memory of Richard Helean.

Condolences may be posted online at hollandbonine.com and/or gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 10, 2012
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