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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Donald Helde
November 18, 1941 - February 11, 2021

Residence: Power Lake, North Dakota

Donald Gene Helde of Powers Lake, ND was born November 18, 1941. Donald was born to Laura Hopkins and Clifford Helde. He had one brother Robert Helde.
Donald graduated in 1960 from Powers Lake High School. He enjoyed archery and participated in 4-H.
From 1964 to 1966 Don served in the US Army and was drafted to the Vietnam War. He would tell a story of going to Kenmare and purchasing a new car, but when he got home he had received his draft papers and took the car right back to Kenmare.
Don served as a proud soldier and would often tell stories of his time in Vietnam. Don was honorably discharged in 1966. He then returned to Powers Lake and married Loann Rose and they had a son, Slade.
1972-1980 Donald was married to Susan Niemitalo and had three children, Matt, Crystal and Shane. Don and Susan spent their time in Lead, SD where Don worked at Homestake Mine as an Underground Goldminer. After the second injury at the mine, Don left and returned to North Dakota. He enjoyed telling stories of his time at the mine and how many feet below the earth he would have to ride the elevator.
In 1986, Don moved to the farm and camped out in a small wood grainery until moving to a small trailer house.
Don then met his soulmate, Ruth. They began their adventure on the farm together and raised sheep, cattle, pigs and a variety of exotic critters. Don would always fuss when Ruth would find a new critter she just had to bring home, even though Don was happy to see her smile. Each Fall, Don and Ruth would host a BBQ at the farm. They would spend the day visiting, eating, playing cribbage and pinochle.
In 2013 after the passing of Ruth, Don continued to build decks, fish, embroidery and playing cards at the Gold Dust Casino in Deadwood, SD.
Donald was a very proud grandpa. He would never miss a chance to attend a birthday party, ballgame, or a good fishing hole. He would welcome any chance to take a photo with one of his precious babies. Don cherished his grandchildren and he would glow whenever one would stop to see him.
Donald will be greatly missed and is truly loved by his 14 grandkids and 18 great-grandkids.
He is survived by his children, Slade Helde, Matt Helde, Crystal Helde and Shane Helde and; stepchildren, Jean Velo, James Skalicky and J.D. Skalicky. Donald is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Laura and his beloved wife, Ruth.

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Fran (Tioga, ND)
Feb 14, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Donald was always such a good friend and neighbor to my parents Erven and Helen Nielsen and was always fun to visit with. He will be missed!
Kimberly Lester (Williston, ND)
Feb 15, 2021
God has taken Donald and Andy to be with Ruth. He knew that Ruth was lonely and that Andy would not be happy without his dad. There is nothing I can say to mitigate your grief in this terrible moment. I pray you can find comfort in your many happy memories. I always enjoyed visiting Donald during holidays, just planting flowers, walking through the pastures looking for antler sheds and looking at the spring flowers or just visiting. Donald was always a happy and welcoming person. We showed up unexpectedly and stayed with him while we were attending a trail ride in Lignite. He was happy to see us and even cooked us breakfast and dinner. Family was the most important thing to Donald and he loved spending time with his extensive bunch of children stepchildren and grandchildren
I will miss his happy go lucky attitude and smile
BRUCE RODENHIZERs (STANLEY, ND)
Feb 15, 2021
MY SINCERE SYMPTHIES TO DON'S FAMILY & MAY HIS PRECIOUS MEMORIES BLESS & SUSTAIN US ALL IN THE DAYS & YEARS TO COME & MAY THIS BE OUR PRAYER, O LORD HELP US ALL WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A GREAT LOSS TO BE GRATFUL & THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE AMEN/WITH MUCH LOVE & PRAYERS BRUCE RODENHIZER
robert helde (Epping, ND)
Feb 15, 2021
every deer season uncle Donald would would take time to go hunting with me and my boys we would spend long days walking and then be treated to supper he will truly be missed such a good man
Jarret Van Berkom (Powers Lake, ND)
Feb 15, 2021
We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Donald. We always enjoyed him when he visited the store. He had a patient and kind personality and will be missed. Please know that our thought and prayers are with the family in this difficult time....Rest in peace.
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