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November 10, 1924 - August 15, 2011

Ruben was born November 10, 1924 in rural Canton, Minnesota to Albert and Stella (Johnson) Helgeson.  He attended school in Amherst and Canton.  On July 8, 1950 he married Dorothy Blagsvedt at the Elstad Lutheran Church.  They lived in Lenora until moving to Mabel in 1975 and have resided there since.  Ruben worked for the Fillmore County Highway Department for 36 years until retiring in 1986.  He was a member of the Henrytown Lutheran Church and enjoyed children, visiting, hunting, fishing, trapping, and playing cards.

Ruben passed away Monday, August 15, 2011 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel at the age of 86.

Ruben is survived by his wife Dorothy of Mabel; two children Steven (Chris) of Mabel and Linda (Dale) Klabo of Winona; two grandchildren Dana (Christian) Kauphusman of Winona, and Seth Shirley of Minneapolis; one great granddaughter Aleah Kauphusman; two sisters Marge (Ordell) Garness of Winona, and Ruby Amdahl of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Friday, August 19, 2011 at the Henrytown Lutheran Church in rural Harmony with the Rev. Paul Thompson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM Thursday, August 18  at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel and one hour prior to services at the church.

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