ROCK FALLS – Larry Lee Helgason, 72, of Rock Falls died peacefully of congestive heart failure and kidney failure on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington IL. He was an organ and tissue donor.
Larry was born November 22, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Harry and Joydeane (Brown) Helgason. He married Barbara Cramer on February 13, 1971, in Marshfield, WI. Larry graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1965, where he was third in state for wrestling and the quarterback for the football team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin Stout in 1970.
He taught elementary education starting in 1970 and was then was drafted into the United States Army from 1971 to 1974. He returned to Rock Falls and taught until he retired in 2003. He coached wrestling and football at Rock Falls High School and Middle School. He earned his master’s degree at National-Louis University in 2000.
He was a member of Illinois Education Association, Optimist Club, and Sterling American Legion. He was an avid Packer fan and Rock Falls fan. He enjoyed boating, golfing, and loved animals.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Rock Falls; one sister, Susan Helgason-Gray; one daughter, Ericka J. (Troy) Prescott of Bloomington; and one grandson, Hayes Lee Prescott.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, immediately followed by a memorial service with full military honors, with Reverend Erik Anderson of New Life Lutheran Church, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded and burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rock Falls Happy Tails, Sterling American Legion, and Rock Falls Optimist Club. The Helgason Rock Falls Scholarship will be established.
Condolences may be sent to schillingfuneralhome.com.