Roger Helleson

July 17, 1948-Dec. 21, 2016

COLGATE, Wis. — A Mass of Christian Burial for Roger D. Helleson, 68, of Colgate, Wisconsin, will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, N89 W16297 Cleveland Ave., Menomonee Falls. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of Mass.

He died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

He was born July 17, 1948, in Tracy, to Kenneth and Margaret Almhjeld Helleson and grew up in Garvin. He attended elementary school in Garvin and graduated Tracy High School in 1966. After serving in Vietnam, he lived in the Lakeville. He married Laurie Hackett on Feb. 28, 1978.  He and his family moved to Lonsdale, MN, North Carolina, New York, and finally to Wisconsin where he has lived for many years. He worked for Wrico Stampings for 29 years. and retired in May of 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie; his three children, Brad (Kim), Justine (Steve Parbs) and BJ (Beth); his two grandsons, Sam & Zach and a baby on the way all in the Milwaukee area; three brothers, Dick (Sheila of Tracy, Dale (Sandy) of Farmington, and Duane (Deb) Helleson of Faribault, and other relatives and friends. He is very loved by all of those that he has left behind. There are no words for how much he will be missed.

A special thanks to all the friends and family for the love, support and prayers as Roger battled cancer the last 9 months.

Memorials may be sent to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266