Allen Dean Helgeson, 63, Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of Minot and Garrison, died Nov. 8, 2013, at Sioux Falls VA Medical Center, after several years of fighting cancer. Cremation has taken place and interment will be held at a later date in Garrison.
Allen was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Minot, to Andrew and Agnes (Nyberg) Helgeson. He graduated from Minot High School and worked at several places before he joined the Army, where he was proud to serve his country.
He married Rozann Christman and had two sons, Daniel and Robert. They divorced and later he married Susanne and had one son, Phillip. They divorced and he resided in Sioux Falls until his death. Allen worked as a sanitation engineer for several years and as a dry cleaners employee.
Allen had a warm sense of humor he made friends fast and they stayed friends. He always said, "If you can't laugh at life, then you're a goner." Then he would laugh.
Survivors include: his sons, Daniel and Phillip; his brothers, Mike Brevick, Leslie, Curt, Terry, Kevin and Andrew; and his sister, Cindy Kerzmann.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Robert; one brother, Dennis; and one sister, Wanda.
Rest in Peace.