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Earl E. Helms

November 17, 1950 - October 3, 2012

Earl E. Helms, age 61, of Rapid City, S.D., died Wednesday, October 3, 2012, in Rapid City.
Earl Erving Helms was born November 17, 1950, in Wall, the fourth child of Erving and Elizabeth (Eisenbraun) Helms. As a young child Earl was very enthusiastic and ambitious. At the age of five, he became very ill and from this he became mentally challenged, and had to learn many things over again. In 1963, for medical reasons, Earl moved to Redfield State Hospital and School. While there, he learned many things and enjoyed working in the workshop, going to dances, movies, bowling, and horse riding. In the summers he would enjoy coming back home to the ranch and visiting friends and relatives.
In 2010, Earl got the opportunity to fulfill a dream of moving to Black Hills Works, where he became a resident and learned to know many new people and work in the workshop. Here he was very helpful and liked by the staff and residents. Here he enjoyed going bowling, camping, football games, and riding horses at SunCatchers Riding Academy.
He passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, and will be dearly missed by family, friends, and staff.
Grateful for having shared his life are three sisters Ester Johannesen and her husband, Gene, of Wall, Edith Eisenbraun and her husband, Aaron, of Rapid City, and Eileen Niederwerder and her husband, Greg, of Rapid City; two brothers, Eugene Helms and his wife, Glenda, of Creighton and Elden Helms and his wife, Lillian, of Creighton; 11 nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held Saturday, October 6, at the First Lutheran Church in Wall, with Pastor Curtis Garland officiating.
Music was provided by Mary Kay Wilson, pianist. Ushers were Dennis Sieler and Mike Sieler. Pallbearers were Bob Helms, Paul Staben, Marvin Denke, Tom Mahon, Eli Helms and Wade Geigle.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Black Hills Works or SunCatchers Riding Academy.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com