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Clyde F. Helmle - 75

1/22/1944 - 12/31/2019

     Clyde F. Helmle, age 75 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the service time Saturday at the funeral home.  Following the service cremation rites will be accorded. 


     Clyde was born in Jackson County on January 22, 1944, the son of LeRoy and Erma (Feller) Helmle.  He attended school in Springbrook.  Clyde married Mary Harlock on June 21, 2002 in Clinton.  Clyde had farmed and worked at International Paper before going to Custom Pak from where he retired after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Preston Saddle Club.  Clyde enjoyed spending time with his family, going to horse sales and on trail rides, playing bags and cards, watching TV Westerns, fishing, especially his yearly trip to Crab Orchid, IL, the NASCAR pool, going to the casino and picking on his family and friends.


     Clyde is survived by his wife, Mary; 3 children, Rick (Christy) Helmle of Preston, Stacy (Stuart) Mohr of Bryant and Dan Helmle of Marengo, Iowa; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandsons; 1 step-granddaughter; 2 step-great granddaughters; 3 step-sons, Steven (Debbie) Harlock, Mike (Jeni) Harlock and Jason (Robin) Harlock all of Clinton; 11 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great grandson; 3 sisters, Carol Gerlach, Lavonne Nemmers and Kathy Andersen; 4 brothers, LeRoy Jr, Terry, Virgil and Wayne; 4 brothers-in-law, William, David, Raymond and Lloyd Hickey; a sister-in-law, Jamie Johnson and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-grandson, Travis Pataska; 2 brothers, Allen and Mark Helmle; brothers-in-law, Robert Gerlach, Lee Homan, Terry, Tim, and Steve Hickey and Billy Johnson; a sister-in-law, Carol Helmle and a nephew, Darin Helmle.  Online condolences may be left at



12:00 noon until 3:00 PM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.


3:00 PM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.


  • Sue & Bob Bigwood

    on 01/02/20

    Mary & family My prayers and thoughts go out for all of you. My hope is the empty feelings you feel now will fade to great memories for you to always remember. ♡ Sue
  • Shannen Hickey

    on 01/02/20

    Uncle Clyde will be missed. Praying for Aunt Mary and family. Im sure there is a card game waiting for him in heaven.
  • Vicki Johnson

    on 01/02/20

    Mary, Clyde was the love of your life and you lost him too soon. I'm happy you found each other and had 17 wonderful years together to know what true love really was. He was such a kind and devoted family man and friend. Anybody that knew him would tell you he'd do anything for anybody. He will be joining some other very special people up above. He'll watch over you but knows you'll be ok because you have surrounded yourself with people that love and care about you so much. Condolences to his entire family. You lost a good one.
  • Jeff Nieland

    on 01/02/20

    Condolences to the entire family- I met Clyde several years ago at a horse sale and he recognized me every time since then. What a kind hearted person. Your family is in our prayers as you honor his life. Jeff and Cathy Nieland, Miles, IA.

  • Linda Fulton

    on 01/03/20

    So sorry for your loss
  • Linda Fulton

    on 01/03/20

    So sorry for your loss
  • Beth Carlson

    on 01/03/20

    Im so sorry for your loss Mary he was a good guy hugs to you all

  • Renee Hansen-DiSabatino

    on 01/04/20

    Sincerest condolences from the Hansen family.  We loved Uncle Clyde dearly, he always had the coolest boots.....our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Myra, Erica , and Ly( Lisa)

    on 01/06/20

    We just found out about Clyde's passing. Even through tears we find it difficult to write this. Clyde was a good, funny man. Dedicated to his family and friends. And even though life chose a different path for all of us. We all still grieve the passing of such a kind soul. May his family and friends find peace and healing in the days to come. This is our goodbyes to a great guy and father. Ride on Clyde...we will always love you.

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