He was born August 28, 1932 at home in rural Ellisville to parents, Royal and Alta (Fouts) Helle.
On June 25, 1961 he married Ilene Jones of Sneedville, TN. She preceded him in death on May 9, 2002. Also preceding him in death were his parents, sisters, Joyce Helle and Ava (Emerson) Boyce.
Norman was a 1950 graduate of Bushnell High School and he attended Western Illinois University. He was a carpenter who worked for Leroy Riley Construction in the Canton community and later as a self-employed contractor in Bushnell. He was also a livestock farmer all of his life. In the 50’s and early 60’s he raised Duroc hogs, and over the last 50 years raised Shorthorn cattle. Norman was a conservationist and a true nature-lover. In 2003, he received the Fulton County Conservationist of the Year award.
He is survived by daughter, Paula Helle of Ellisville; sons, Rodney (Jenifer) Helle of Pleasant Plaines and Stacey (Angela) Helle of Ellisville. Surviving siblings are Leila (Frank) Vladich of Tucson, AZ and Glen (Judy) Helle of Loveland, CO. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Candis Foster of rural Avon, who has been his dear companion for the last several years.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 10th from 4 to 6 pm at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton. Services will be held Friday, January 11th at 11:00 am at Wiley Lutheran Church, Ellisville where he was a member. Rev. Nathan Hopping will officiate.
Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral services.
Memorials may be made to the Historical Ellisville Restoration Organization or Ellisville Goal Getters.
To view Norman’s memorial DVD or submit online condolences, you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
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