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Erving E. Helms

Erving E. Helms, age 90, of Creighton, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at the Meadowbrook Manor in Rapid City.

Erving Emmanuel Helms was born May 30, 1915, the third child born to Ernest H. and Paulina (Geigle) Helms. He was born on the ranch where he lived all of his life, located twelve miles northeast of Wall. Erving was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith. He attended grade school at the Huron Township School.

On October 23, 1945, Erving was united in marriage to Elizabeth Johanna Eisenbraun, and to this union were born six children; Ester, Edith, Eileen, Earl, Eugene, and Elden.

He served on the Huron Township Board as a supervisor. He enjoyed working in the field and around the farm. He especially enjoyed working on his machinery. He could tell you every tractor he ever owned, where he got it, and how long he owned it. He also loved his Caterpillar tractor and polled Hereford cattle.

Blessed to be part of Erving’s family were his six children, Ester Johannesen and her husband, Gene, of Wall, Edith Eisenbraun and her husband, Aaron, of Rapid City, Eileen Niederwerder and her husband, Greg, of Rapid City, Earl Helms of Redfield, Eugene Helms and his wife, Glenda, of Creighton, and Elden Helms and his wife, Lillian, of Creighton; 11 grandchildren, Dean Johannesen, Timm (Darla) Johannesen, Jeff Eisenbraun, Angie (Jordy) Lemm, Kelly Niederwerder, Todd (Janessa) Niederwerder, Bruce (Tanya) Aby, Lin (Geoffry) Gates, Elizabeth, Emily, and Eli Helms; six great-grandchildren, Carter and Spencer Johannesen, Cami and Ezra Lemm, and Adrian and Alexis Aby; a brother-in-law, Norman Barron of Hemet, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Erving was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents; one brother, Ernest; two sisters, Rose Denke and Pauline Barron; and three brothers in infancy.

Private family services will be held. Interment will be in the Wall Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is established.