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Milton Helmer 02/18/2023

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Milt Helmer of River Falls WI. Milt passed away surrounded by loved ones after battling a heart related illness. Milt is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Laura (Jason) Decheine, Tom (Cara); grandchildren, Jazmine, Nick, Jack, Clay, Moriah, Ciera, Carolyn; siblings, Bill (Janet), Rita Butler; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was especially fond of his hospice nurses J.J. and Kim who will be forever in our hearts due to the care and kindness that they gave Milt and his family during his final months.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clayton and Gertrude Helmer and brother-in-law Larry Butler.
Milt was a man who was committed to serving others. This was evident in his work as a Free Mason and a Shriner. He was always there for anyone who needed assistance or simply a friend to talk to. Milt grew up in Beldenville, WI and he started working at a very young age at his parents’ printing business Helmer Printing as a type setter. In 1981 he became the president of Helmer Companies alongside his brother Bill. He was often spotted in the community as he made his way door to door selling advertising for the Shopper in his signature red cap. He retired in 2002. Milt was also a member of the Independent Free Papers of America where he touched the lives of many friends and colleagues. Among his many talents was cartooning and free-hand sign painting. He was extremely artistic and had a flair for creating successful advertising campaigns. Milt also enjoyed fishing, photography, and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 2 pm at the English Lutheran Church 229 W Main Street Ellsworth, WI and streamed live through the link just below this obituary.  Visitation was held on Saturday, February 25, 2023 from 12 – 4 pm with a Masonic Service at 4 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 805 E Division Street River Falls, WI and on Sunday from 1-2 pm at the church.  Interment was in the Beldenville Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Milt’s service



  • Pam Konieczka Posted February 18, 2023 8:52 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Carol and your family as well. My sincere condolences to everyone. Milt was a great guy.

  • J Kevin and Janet Johnson Posted February 19, 2023 6:59 am

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jack Hines Posted February 19, 2023 11:26 am

    Carol and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are srill with you all. I had many memories of community projects working together besides printing task’s and will always be remembered. God Bless You All.

  • Joyce Ducklow Posted February 19, 2023 11:50 am

    I’m so very sorry ! Such a nice man !

  • Peggy Hecht Posted February 19, 2023 5:56 pm

    I am thinking of all of you. Remember the good times

  • Myra Compton Posted February 19, 2023 7:16 pm

    Carol and family, thinking of all of you. Many good memories of Milt.

  • Mary and Mike Metcalf Posted February 20, 2023 9:51 am

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss, Milt was such an awesome man !!

  • Anita Faulhaber Posted February 20, 2023 12:30 pm

    My sincerest condolences to you as you navigate through this journey. Hugs and prayers.

  • Kari Beutz Posted February 20, 2023 1:50 pm

    What a wonderful family man!

  • John & Jo Ann Fagerland Posted February 20, 2023 3:02 pm

    Thinking of you and your family, may your hearts feel the nearness of God. We will cherish the memories of Milt and always remember the caring person he was.

  • Ozcan Kilic Posted February 20, 2023 3:29 pm

    Dear Carol and Helmer Family,
    I am very saddened to hear about your precious loss. He was loved by everyone who knew him—a great brother who taught me to become a better person. I will miss him. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • PEGGY Nyre Hecht Posted February 20, 2023 4:34 pm

    Thinking of you and the entire Helmer family.You are in my prayers.

  • Lori Sivek Posted February 20, 2023 5:18 pm

    I am so sorry to hear Carol , Laura and family! He was such a friendly face and sweet man . Such a blessing to have known him . Deepest sympathy through this time and love and h hugs!

  • Steve and Lori Miller Posted February 20, 2023 9:24 pm

    Thinking of your family. Milt was a great guy and was always good talking to him.

  • Roger and Peggy Nelson Posted February 21, 2023 9:54 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to family.

  • Burt R Hamm Posted February 21, 2023 11:20 am

    May you find some piece in your memories and may they always be good one. I will always see his smile, when ever I would get to say Hi to him were ever that would be.

  • Cathy. Martin Posted February 21, 2023 6:39 pm

    Dear Carol and family, so sorry for your loss.

  • Jim & Elaine Hines Posted February 22, 2023 8:06 am

    Our thoughts & prayers are with your entire family. Milt was a “true friend”.

  • Blain Fowler Posted February 24, 2023 2:38 pm

    Milt was a true gentleman in every respect.

  • Victoria Howe Posted February 26, 2023 10:55 am

    My sympathy to all the family. Many memories, having worked at Helmer Printing nearly 10 years. Milt and I had fun at events and often shared articles and photos for the papers. He will be missed and remembered by many. God bless you!

  • Cynthia.Johnson Moosbruggrr Posted February 26, 2023 1:16 pm

    Our deepest prayers and healing for you Carol and your family. Milt was a much loved and kind person one of the special ones.

  • Joel and Sharon Schulze Posted March 6, 2023 8:37 am

    We will miss seeing Milt in the community. It seems he never missed an opportunity to serve-always with a smile on his face. The Snowfest tutu performance remains a classic!

  • Lori Thompson Posted March 7, 2023 9:52 am

    From my late husbands perspective, Milt was a truly great man, friendly to all, and a great example of true Masonry–a humanitarian. It’s a big loss for the area, but also for his lodge, and the Shrine. Rest in peace, Milt.

  • Lisa (McKahan) Hayes Posted March 15, 2023 4:04 pm

    I just watched the tribute and it couldn’t have been put together any better to remember Milt through the years. I’m so sorry to all of you for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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