My beloved love and best friend, Kenneth E. Hellman, A.K.A. Mr. H., passed away peacefully after a struggle with his health on Tuesday December 22, 2015.
Ken was born in Waukesha on Dec. 5, 1926, to Edward and Meta (nee Moliter) Hellman. His family moved to Genesee Village when he was 1 year old and he was still living there when he passed.
Ken graduated from Waukesha High School in 1944, and was drafted into the Navy in 1945. After his discharge he married Bettymae (nee Lorch) in Waukesha in 1947. They built their home next door to the home where he was raised and have lived there the past 68 years.
Together they raised their four children: Jeff (Patti Bloom), Chas (Laura Tessman), Brenda (Dan Bulle) and Kari Ann.
Ken will be missed by his grandkids: David, Vince (Stephanie Schwartz) Hellman, Aaron and Alyssa Johnson, Kelsi (Adam Martell) Hessen, Zack (Sara Maloney) Lamp, Nicole (Drew Kramer) Lamp, Paul Hellman, Katie (Brian Zielke) Hellman, Jason and Sarah-Anne Bulle, and also his great grandsons, Collin, Jonah and Korbin.
Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his boys and his boys’ friends. His nickname, Mr. H. came from his sons’ friends out of respect rather than calling him by his first name. Ken was a life member of the VFW Post 5270 Genesee Depot. He spent 20-plus years as a trustee for the Genesee Cemetery, where he spent many days keeping the cemetery looking nice. He was a member of the Genesee Congregational Church of Genesee for 65 years where he spent time fixing things. He retired after working 40 years for what was known as the Northwest Tool & Engineering, and Wisconsin Drill Head.
Ken is also survived by his sister Barbara (Donald) Graham of Hayward and their children Kathy, Brian, Robert and Wendy; niece, Gail (David) Fetting of Whitewater; best friend and old Navy buddy of 71 years, Charlie Hess of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and god-daughter Candy (Allen) Mueller of Arizona; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Meta; brother, Edward (Shirley); and sister Annabelle (Tony) Gates.
Ken’s long-standing request, there will be no visitation or funeral.
His ashes will be returned to me and combined with mine when my times
will be buried together in the Genesee Cemetery, Genesee.
A special thanks to the “angels” at Heritage Memory Court for their care of Ken. May God bless you all. Also to Seasons Hospice, especially Frank.
to the MACC fund or the Wounded Warrior Project in Ken’s name would be
and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the Hellman family. For more
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