SAVANNA—Harley Vincent Helle, 76, of Savanna, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Savanna Township Cemetery.
Harley was born Oct. 29, 1942, in Fairfield, Iowa, the son of Sheldon and Hazel (Hendrick) Helle. He attended Savanna schools, completing high school with the Class of 1962.
He married Aletha Metz and they had two children. Later in life, Harley married Lorraine Shafer, and the two enjoyed 12 happy years before Harley's passing.
Harley worked for Helle Saw Mill, Fulton Pallet Company (with his father) and drove a semi for a number of companies, hauling a variety of goods, including wood products and pallets. His work ethic didn't end with retirement, as he loved to mow the lawn and keep himself busy working with tools.
Those who knew Harley will always remember him for his penchant for storytelling, a trait he most certainly inherited from his father. He could talk with anybody, and quite frankly, he often would.
He will also be fondly (or not so fondly, depends who you ask) remembered as a prankster. Most of all, Harley loved his family and, of course, his dog, Jake Brake.
Harley will be dearly missed by his wife, Lorraine of Thomson; daughter, Clarissa (John) Sullivan of Manchester, Iowa; son, James (Kate) Helle of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three step-daughters, Coweina Travis and Julie Johnson, both of Ashton, and Sheri Hooper of Clinton, Iowa; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise (Konrad) Radke of Savanna; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lyle Helle; and his sister, Lorraine McMunn.