Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Clayton Adolph Helgeson died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 85.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Jerry Horn V.F.W. Post 10046 in Soldotna.
Mr. Helgeson was born Feb. 27, 1924 in Montevideo, Minn. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-45 during World War II in the 736th Median Tank Corp.
He moved to Alaska in 1960 and resided in Ketchikan and Petersburg until 1980. He worked for Louisiana Pacific in Southeast Alaska building logging roads. He retired in 1980 and later moved to Soldotna.
Mr. Helgeson received a Bronze Star during the war and his meritorious service through his devotion and personal contributions to the V.F.W.
He enjoyed reading and watching sports. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in earlier years and visiting with friends at the V.F.W.
"He loved to smile and tell jokes and make people laugh. He was a kind and generous father and grandfather. Clayton was well liked by all that knew him. He will be greatly missed," his family said.
Mr. Helgeson was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Anna Helgeson; wife, Elnora; daughter, Judith Holmburg; and brothers Ervin, Robert and Donald Helgeson.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Eastham of Soldotna; son, Randy Helgeson of Hillsboro, Ore.; grandsons, Samuel Eastham of Soldotna, Stuart Conn Jr. of New Hampshire, and Christopher Helgeson of Salem, Ore.; granddaughters, Molly Palm of Nikiski, Mindy Lawrence of Kenai, and Ashley Helgeson of Hillsboro, Ore.; great-grandson, Braeden Helgeson of Hillsboro, Ore.; and his twin sister, Clara Roberts of Centralia, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Jerry Horn V.F.W. Post 10046, 134 Birch Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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