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Donald William Hellen, Sr.

Donald William Hellen, Sr., age 85, died at Diamond Willow Assisted Living on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014.

Born August 27, 1928 in Brainerd, MN, resident of Baxter, formerly of Pillager and Brooklyn Park. Donald worked for Northern State Power Company (XCEL Energy) until retiring in 1990. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Loyal Order of Moose. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling with his friends and Manhattans. Known for his wink and smile.

He is survived by Pearl May (Meyer), his loving wife of 62 years. Also survived by seven children Diane Alexson, Mark (Kim), Kathy (Jeff) Coombs, Patricia (Kim), Barbara Louma (Barney Richardson), Theresa (Randy) Hradsky , Donald Jr. (Coleen). He will be sadly missed by Abby and Jacob Hradsky, eleven additional grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marie Porwoll of Brainerd and brother Gerald of Prescott, AZ. Donald was preceded in death by parents Fred and Bertha, brother George, and sisters Sally Perry and Sister Margaret Mary (Dorothy).

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 29, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Blake Rosier officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue the hour before services at the church on Friday.