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Helge Aursland

Jensen Beach, FL

Helge Aursland, 87, died Sunday, April 30, 2017 surrounded by family at his home in Jensen Beach.

He is survived by his wife Journ (Hovelsaas) Aursland; his sisters, Kristina Aursland, Helga Aursland, and Liv Eldfrid Aursland Eikanger; his brother, Sverre Berge Aursland; his daughter, June Laila Aursland; his daughter, Else Anita Soffar and her husband Randy Soffar; his son Perry Stein Aursland and his wife Pam Aursland; grandchildren, Jonathan Aursland and his wife Katherine Aursland, Raven McBride, Bianca Sarcone, Shannen Soffar, and Justin Aursland; great- grandchildren, Riley Aursland and Jade Perez; and many close friends and family in the United States and Norway.

Born and raised in Skjold, Norway, the son of Eilif and Liv Aursland, and one of seven children, he moved to America in 1953 where he and his family lived in Iowa, Illinois, California, New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

Helge was a natural salesman with a contagious smile and unparalleled work ethic. At the age of 10 he would sell flowers, trees, fruit, and Christmas trees with his father at market in Haugesund. He attended Statens Gartnerskole in Oslo and at 19 he opened his own flower shop in Norway. Handsome and skilled on the dance floor, he met his wife and life-long dance partner, Jorun Hovelsaas at a dance in Oslo in 1953. A nurse's aide at the time, Jorun said to her sister that night, "I'm going to marry that man". The next day without a number to reach her by, Helge called every hospital in the area until he found her. They would have celebrated their 64th anniversary this October.

After moving to the United States, he worked on a farm in Estherville, Iowa, at the world's largest flower shop in Chicago, Illinois, tried his hand at carpentry in San Pedro, California, sold cars in Norway and New York, and worked as a bowling alley manager for Brunswick Corporation. While working for Brunswick Corporation, he won first prize in a bowling tournament against 1,200 participants. This competitive nature carried over to success for Helge in all of his endeavors. In 1965, he found his professional home selling life insurance for Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization in which he became very active. He headed the Sons Norway 17th of May Committee, was President of Brooklyn Lodge and Norrona Lodge, a member of Gulfstream Lodge, a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Round Table Club, was Salesman of the Year for 1965, 1966, and 1972, was Manager of the Year for 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1971, and sold life insurance for over 50 years. Aside from the brotherhood he found through Sons of Norway, Helge was also a Freemason.

Helge was not only an excellent provider, but a wonderful husband and beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, sibling, and friend. He was supportive and encouraging of all of his childrens' dreams. His greatest joy was his family and he shone with pride when talking about his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Quick to smile and laugh, he could often be found doing yard work, watching golf, or enjoying his love for water while collecting shells at the beach.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. May 8th at Aycock Funeral Home of Jensen Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to .
Published in the TC Palm on May 7, 2017
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