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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Kenneth Melvin Helgeson Memorial
Kenneth Melvin Helgeson Memorial

Kenneth Melvin Helgeson

Kenneth Melvin Helgeson

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Kenneth Melvin Helgeson, age 87, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Birchview Memory Care, Sedro-Woolley.

Kenneth was born September 17, 1929, in the same house his mother was born, the family home of John Robert Blowers, in Landsford, North Dakota, to Melvin Benheart and Lila May (Blowers) Helgeson.  He was raised on the farm in North Dakota and worked on the Railroad.  In 1951, he joined the US Navy and served on the USS Yorktown.  He married Carol Biggerstaff on October 8, 1953 in Bellingham.  Completing his Military duty in 1955, he went to work at Northern State Hospital as a Baker and Meat Cutter until they closed.  He then continued Meat Cutting with Galbraith Meat Packing.  After retiring, he worked part time for Burlington Edison School District for another ten years.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Carol (Biggerstaff) Helgeson, of Sedro-Woolley; Sons, Kevin Helgeson, of Sedro-Woolley and Roger Helgeson, of Burlington; daughter, Sandra Ruddell, of Burlington; sister, Eileen Schuppan; sister in law, Gladys Helgeson; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; cousins, nieces and nephews; and his horse, the old grey mare, Annie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Leona Medler and infant Gladys Helgeson; brother, Donald Helgeson; daughter, Shirley Husscasson.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00, Friday, February 24, 2017, at Forest Park Cemetery, Concrete, Washington, with Elder Jim Cook presiding.  Military Honors will be rendered.


  • Tamie Cartwright

    I had the pleasure of knowing Ken through Burlington Edison school district. I have often thought of him since he retired. He was always very kind, witty, and he was a great worker. I really enjoyed lunch time the most as he had many great stories to tell of his childhood and working at northern state. He will be missed. Prayers to his family.

  • Chuck Johnson

    I am a retired custodian from the Burlington-Edison School District. It was my pleasure to work with Ken for many years. I was always glad to see Ken. He knew what needed to be done at any school and did it very well. He was fun to talk to and we were both born on September 17. We didn’t forget our birthdays. I will always remember Ken with a smile.

    Chuck Johnson

  • David Huey

    With many good memories of our neighbor Ken Helgeson while growing up on Duke’s Hill. A fine and caring man. Ken, Carol, Roger, Shirley, and Sandra were mentors, playmates, and long time friends. Deepest condolences to the entire family. Your friend and neighbor, David Huey