Raymond A. Helgemoe
Dallas, TX — Dallas Texas-Raymond A. Helgemoe, age 92 a former longtime Bow N.H.resident died July 25th in Dallas after a period of failing health. He was born in Duluth MN, the son of the late Albin and Hazel Viola (Pekkarinen) Helgemoe. He was a graduate of Alborn High School he then received his BA of Education at the University of Minnesota, Master's Degree from Pacific Lutheran University and then a Degree in Criminology. Naval Officer, professor, community leader, accomplished traveler, friend to all. Ray then entered the Navy in 1951 where his military career took him around the world as a submarine officer, a Vietnam War Veteran, NORAD, and Warden of the Naval Prison on Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. After retiring from the Navy as a Commander in 1974, he became the Warden of the NH State Prison in Concord. He finished his last 20+ working years as a Professor at UNH and working as a consultant for Bonoivish & Marchavili Architechs. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and served in many leadership and adult roles as Cub Master, Scout Master, Daniel Webster Council and Board Advisor. He was very proud of the fact that their three sons were all Eagle Scouts. He was past president of Bow Rotary a Paul Harris Fellow, founding member of the Bow Mills Bank, active member of PTA and Athletic Booster Clubs, 32nd Degree of the Freemason at the St. John's Lodge #1 of Portsmouth NH, The American Correctional Association and a proud member of the American Legion Post and VFW of Pelham, NH.
He was married to the late Janet Galeucia Helgemoe for over 50 years who predeceased him in 2007, they were a team who enjoyed fine dining, world travel, gardening, and constantly inspired to learn and educate. He is survived by three sons; Scott and his wife Krystal and their son Colton of Brighton, CO, Eric and his wife Natalie and their sons Devin and Lars of Pelham,NH, and Gregory and his wife Amanda and their sons Egan and Hayden of Dallas, TX, a sister Lorrace (Lori) and numerous nieces and nephews.
They call it the "greatest generation" and our father fit that description to upmost. He will be missed however the example he set for many will last for generations.
Friends and Family are invited Thursday Sept. 23rd from 5-8PM at the Waters Funeral Home 50 South Main St. Concord NH.
Graveside services with full Military Honors will be held Friday Sept. 24th at 11:00AM at the Gibson Cemetery, Marsh Road Pelham, NH.
Published by Concord Monitor on Sep. 18, 2021.