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Dale H. Helgerson

February 8, 2019

Dale Henry Helgerson, 82, of Watertown, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Todd Iverson officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial with military honors will take place at St. Jerome’s Cemetery in Columbus. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Dale was born on March 18, 1936, the son of Clarence and Mabel (Stange) Helgerson in Columbus. Dale grew up in the township of Hamden near Columbus, attended Columbus High School and graduated in 1954. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, from 1954-1956, then served in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960.

Dale was married to Diane Canino on May 5, 1962, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Beaver Dam. He was a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service for 35 years. He retired from the weather office in Sullivan in 2001. He belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown. Dale and his wife loved music and dancing.

Dale is survived by his wife of 56 years; his two sons, Daryl Helgerson of Watertown and Craig (Cathy) Helgerson of Rockford, Illinois; two stepgrandchildren, Katie and Hannah Willis of Rockford, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Marcia Helgerson of Cross Plains and Mary Helgerson of Sun Prairie; sister Betty (Jerry) Swann of Bellvue, Colorado; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Vernon Helgerson and Kenneth Helgerson.

Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service

611 E. Main St. Watertown

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