Robert V. "Bob" Helmer
1943 - 2021
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Robert V. "Bob" Helmer

Wolf Point - Robert V. "Bob" Helmer died at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point, MT on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Bob was born in San Francisco, California to James and Marge (Lowe) Helmer in October 11, 1943 while his Dad was serving in the military. He was joined by a sister, Luana.

Bob was talented and could accomplish about anything he set his mind to do.

He grew up in the Poplar, MT area. He graduated from Poplar High School in 1961. He attended college at Bozeman, MT at MSU. Bob received his bachelor's degree from MSU in 1976. He also served in the military for three years, serving in Vietnam for two years.

Bob was an avid bowler and fisherman. He was inducted into the Montana Bowling and Walleyes Halls of Fame. He placed in numerous tournaments on Fort Peck Lake and in Canada. He was Wolf Point - Poplar Walleyes Unlimited angler of the year in 2007.

Bob farmed the summer months and bowled during the winter months.

Bob married Linda Hentges Hagestad Helmer on June 21, 1990 in Great Falls, MT. They made their home in Wolf Point. He worked for the BIA road department for several years.

When Bob retired, he enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. He also spent a lot of time at Fort Peck Lake fishing with family and friends until his health would no longer allow it.

He was preceded in death by his wife Linda, his parents and sister, Luana Sauer.

He is survived by Linda's children, Van (Theresa) Hagestad, Ryan (Dana) Hagestad, Vanessa (Mark) Bean and Janel (Eugene) Turnbaugh and several grandchildren. Also surviving is nephew, Michael J. (Cindy) and their son, Michael Sauer, numerous cousins, in-laws and friends. He had a big heart and was Grandpa Bob to many.

Cremation has taken place. Services will be set at a later date.

Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune from Jan. 8 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
My father & Bob’s father grew up as next door neighbors in Poplar. I grew up just down the street from Bob. I’m older than he, by three years. Our families were old friends. I especially loved Bob’s grandmother, Annie Manning Helmer. Bob looked a lot like her, especially his eyes. He and his mother lived with Annie when his father, Captain James Helmer, was serving in WWII. My grandmother was helping take care of me, right next door. They had a cocker spaniel dog named Amelia.
Bob was Sioux and an enrolled tribal member, as well as being Norwegian, German & English, too.
Bobby’s mother, Marg, worked for years as a bookkeeper at the community hospital, after his dad died. They had a great big dog named Shortie.
Bobby’s grandmother, Annie spoke Sioux. He talked of often watching Annie entertain her lady friends sitting around the dining room table, and they were all speaking Sioux.
I picture, somewhere by a stream in Canada, Linda & Bob sitting besidetwo dogs, Amelia & Shortie, enjoying the good life.
Bobby knew many people and had lots of friends. He will be missed. I called him Bobby all my life and he called me Sis. RIP, my friend.
Emily Patch
January 12, 2021
Mitch Walter
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