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Kenneth HELLING Long-time Seattle resident Ken Helling was a wonderful father, grandfather and role model who was always willing to help those in need and bring kindness and humor to interactions. He was born March 3, 1924 in Tacoma and died January 20, 2011 in Yakima. He was the son of Knut & Ingeborg (Gjernes) Helling who emigrated from Hallingdal, Norway. He graduated from Sumner High in 1942, and served in the 103rd Evacuation Hospital in Europe during World War II as it cared for casualties across France and Germany. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1949, and was a loyal and enthusiastic Husky football fan. He was International President of the Active Club in 1959. Most of his work years were spent with L.H. Butcher Chemical and McGraw-Hill, from which he retired in 1987. He was proud of his Halling Norwegian heritage and organized the 1985, 1990 and 1995 Hallinglag stevnes at PLU in Tacoma. Ken was very active in the Lutheran church, president of three congregations in the Seattle area and president of the Metropolitan Seattle Lutheran Council. With his wife, Ruth, he was a coordinator of Lutheran World Relief activities in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. Ken is survived by Ruth his beloved wife of 59 years, his daughter Barbara (John) Pickett and grandchildren Colin and Elizabeth of Ellensburg; son Douglas and granddaughter Alexandra of Seattle; son Richard (Denise) and grandsons Derek and Paul of Midland, MI; Sister Irene (Gordon) Dick, brothers Ben (Mildred), Andy (Marilyn) and Ernie. He was preceded in death by brothers Melvin and Arthur. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 28 at 11 am at Queen Anne Lutheran Church. Remembrances may be made to Lutheran World Relief, www.lwr.org.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 23, 2011
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