June 19, 1924 - November 15, 2020
Service: SERVICE CHANGE- A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 20 at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery. NO visitation will be held. Mask and social distancing will be required.
Service: Livestream link
Helmer Thomas Haugland, born June 19, 1924, in Jerauld County, near Wessington Springs, SD, passed away at Canton Good Samaritan Center, Canton, SD, on November 15, 2020, from COVID-19, at age 96.
Helmer was the second of five children born to Tom and Gertrude (Reese) Haugland.
Helmer loved Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, family, neighbors, church, farming, socializing and chatting, singing songs, strumming and picking guitar, hearing a catchy tune or toe-tapping rhythm, good pitch and close harmonies. Helmer had a quick wit and enjoyed mimicking voices and sounds. Faith, a strong work ethic, determination, grit and surviving the Great Depression made him who he was.
Helmer was preceded in death by wives, Isabelle Haugland and Ethel Haugland, parents, Tom and Gertrude Haugland, twin brother Selmer Haugland, sisters Hazel Haugland, Thelma (Gunnar) Lindaas, and Ruth (Alvin) Olson. Also preceding in death were in-laws Virgil (Judy) Johnson, Murray Johnson, Eleanor Florey and Palmer (Ingeborg) Paulson.
Helmer is survived by children Grace (Jon) Romaine, Lois (Don) Kahl, Donna (Bernard Thompson) Haugland and Stanley (Cynthia) Haugland. Grandchildren include Sarah (Matt) Reisetter, Kristin (Jacob) Everhart, Matthew (Catrina) Bargstadt, Aaron (Amy) Kahl, Elise (Geoff) Knobloch, Nathan Kahl, Katherine (Stephen) Cunliffe, Laura (Whit) Alexander, Erik (Ken Perez) Haugland, Ingrid (Nathan) Holt and Greta (Nick) Bliek, along with 25 great grandchildren. Additional survivors include in-laws Elmer (Nancy) Johnson, Floyd Florey, Marguerite Johnson and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 20 at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery. NO visitation will be held. Mask and social distancing will be required. Memorials may be directed to Our Saviors Lutheran Church. A family celebration of Helmer’s life will be held at a later date.