Posted 10/24/12 (Wed)
James Wayne Helgeson, 73, of Port Orchard, died Sept. 5, 2012, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor. Celebration of Life was held at Rill's Life Tribute Center in Port Orchard on Sept. 12, 2012, and interment was at the Tahoma National Cemetery on Sept. 13, 2012.
James Helgeson was born Sept. 7, 1938, in Alexandria, Minn., to Edwin and Ruth (Linseth) Helgeson. He graduated from Watford City High School in 1956 and served in the United States Marine Corps for two years. After his service from the Corps, he worked for various state and federal government institutions as a pipe-fitter until he was medically retired.
He was a Christian and enjoyed fishing, hunting and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, Shelly (Gary) Bearden, and their children, Chase and Jurnee, and Susan Wetch and her son, Jaycide; sisters, Sheryl (LeRoy) Lillibridge, of Watford City, N.D., and Seleste (John) Ferreira, of Bremerton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.