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Lennis D Helms

February 2, 1947 — January 2, 2017

Lennis D. Helms, 69, Linn, died Monday, January 2, 2017 at his home. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, January 9 at the Ward Funeral Home in Linn. The family received friends from 5 to 7. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 10 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, west of Linn. Rev. Richard Rikli officiated. Amanda Beikmann was the organist and the congregation sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say" and " What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Pallbearers were Mel Beikmann, Mike Beikmann, Mark Beikmann, Kevin Richardson, Ronald Richardson, David Richardson and Robert Richardson. Burial was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Lennis "Lenny" Helms was born February 2, 1947 in Clay Center, KS to Arnold and Elsa (Herrs) Helms. He was baptized on February 9, 1947, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Linn, KS by O.H. Praeuner. He was confirmed on March 26, 1961 by JD Kovac. Lenny graduated from Immanuel Lutheran School and attended Linn Rural High School. He was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he held several church offices. Lennis joined Arnold on the family farm in 1963, where he and his dad raised cattle and hogs. In recent years Lenny worked at Titan West in Linn, bringing his unique humor to his coworkers. At Titan West, he made nothing out of something, operating a drill press. For some unknown reason, probably boredom, he could always tell you how many holes he made that particular day. Lennis continued to farm and feed cattle on the home place, which was what he was found doing when God called him home. Lennis enjoyed gardening, especially flowers that were the eventual subjects of many photographs. He was always looking at the latest seed catalogs, anticipating spring. Even if it meant battling the frozen ground, Lennis was dedicated to being the first one to have his peas planted. Lenny was one of few folks that grew up in the '60s who kept his first car from that era. This 69 GTX was coveted by all of his nephews as they all realized what was sitting in the corner of the shed. Lennis loved to tell how he used the Plymouth to outrun a crop dusting plane in 1974. Lennis also collected farm toys, working to relive the past by acquiring replicas of the equipment that were used on his farm. Lennis was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Elsa (Herrs) Helms, his sister Elvira (Helms) Richardson, and his brother-in-law Harold Beikmann. He is survived by his sister, Arlene Beikmann, of Palmer, KS; a brother-in-law Don Richardson of Fairbury, NE; 4 nieces and 7 nephews; several great and great-great nieces and nephews. A memorial fund is established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, PO Box 157, Washington, KS 66968. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Lennis D Helms, please visit our flower store.


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