|Ernest Helgenset, 86|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Ernest Helgenset, 86, died on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, with Pastor Luther Peterson, officiating. Casket bearers include Steve Adkins, Bjorn Honda, Thor Honda, Leif Honda, Hans Helgenset and Leah Helgenset. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday (today) at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service held at 7 p.m. and on Thursday one hour prior to the service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.
Ernest was born on August 6, 1918 in Grafton, N.D., the son of Ole John and Sophia Hildeborg (Skjerven) Helgenset. He was raised and attended school in the Adams area. At the age of 16 he moved with his family to Thief River Falls.
On June 18, 1939, Ernest was united in marriage to Pearl Jeanette Furuseth in Mavie. The couple lived in Michigan for five years while working at the Defense Plant at Pontiac, Mich., during World War II. They moved back to Thief River Falls in 1945, when he went to work for Forsbergs as a turning lathe operator. In 1948 he and his brother owned and operated Helgenset Heating, Plumbing and Air Conditioning for 14 years, he then worked at Dow Key, farmed west of town for 34 years and worked in the engineering department at Artic Cat.
They moved off the farm in Numedal Township, into Thief River Falls in 1992. Pearl died on March 19, 1998.
Ernest enjoyed working, fishing, hunting, and traveling. He loved to restore cars, which could take a couple years a car with all original paint and chroming. Ernest donated his Model T to Pioneer Village.
He is survived by his children, Ordell Adkins of Thief River Falls, Betty (Sadaharu) Honda of Pittsburgh, Penn., Rodney (Lee) Helgenset of Thief River Falls; sister, Evelyn Swanson of Thief River Falls; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ernest was preceded in death by his wife Pearl; his parents; brothers, Oliver, Harry, Arnold; sisters Elida, Olava, Selma and Julanda.