Harlan Helgens – Monticello

Harlan Helgens age 83, died peacefully, Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Cottage Grove Place, Cedar Rapids with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 Thursday morning, January 23, 2020 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery.   Pastor Wade Reddy will officiate at the services.   Friends may call from 4 until 7 Wednesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.

Surviving is his wife Carol, 2 sons Jason (Laura)  and their sons, Connor Lane and Parker, Cedar Falls,  Kory (Katie) and their daughters, Khloe and Klaire, Marion, his sister, Lorna (Ray) Rieniets, Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harlan Carl Helgens was born October 19, 1936 at the John McDonald Hospital, Monticello, Iowa.  He was the son of Louis and Agusta Reuter, Helgens.  Harlan attended the rural schools of Wayne Township and graduated from the Monticello Community schools in 1955.  He continued his education at Iowa State University where he received a degree in Agronomy, in 1959.   He returned home to farm on the Helgens family farm in Wayne Township.   He married Carol Sammons on June 13, 1964 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran church.   Besides farming Harlan worked at Linn-Jones Farm Service from 1980 to 1993 and then was a DeKalb Seed Representative until he retired in 2012.   The couple then moved to Cottage Grove to enjoy their retirement.

Harlan was a life-long member of the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church. He loved to go fishing and mow the pasture.   He enjoyed playing cards and bowling with the Jake’s Standard Team and woodworking.   His true joy was spending time with his grandchildren.