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Conrad M. Helgemo, 68, of Brownton

Conrad Marvin Helgemo, 68, of Brownton, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his home.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, April 20, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., with Chaplain Joel Sund officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Urn bearers will be Dale Schneider and Gary Degn.
Conrad Marvin Helgemo was born March 26, 1949, in Canby, the son of Marvin Oliver and Ann Louise (Orton) Helgemo. He was baptized as an infant on May 1, 1949, in Minneota, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on June 9, 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake. He received his education in Buffalo Lake, graduating with the Buffalo Lake High School Class of 1967. He entered active military service in the U.S. Navy on July 26, 1967, and served his country during the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged on April 19, 1971.
On April 3, 1968, he was united in marriage to Judith Ann Ulrich in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The couple made their home in San Diego, California, Hutchinson and Brownton. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Michael and Michele, and their stepdaughter, Anna Chmielewska. The couple shared over 49 years of marriage.
Mr. Helgemo worked for 3M for 20 years, Hutchinson Technology, Inc., Seagate, Pillsbury and Dura Supreme. He was a chemical technician, massage therapist, did auto restoration and owned Connie’s Custom Paint. He was a member of the Hutchinson Fire Department Rescue Squad for 14 years, Hutchinson VFW Post 906, Hutchinson American Legion 96, Patriot Guard and the DAV.
He enjoyed watching movies and the History channel, eating popcorn, woodworking, do-it-yourself projects, autobody car restoration, riding his motorcycle and taking trips. He also loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Helgemo of Brownton; children, Michael Helgemo of Hector and Michele Helgemo and her special friend Ronald Theis of Prior Lake; stepdaughter, Anna (Przmek)‚ÄąChmielewska of Poland; granddaughter, Ada Chmielewski; stepgreat-grandson, Payton Duzan; pets, Kaisa and Cinnamon; sister, Lona Helgemo Knacke; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Ann Helgemo; and beloved pets, Ilse and Budweiser.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.