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“Bea, I'm so sorry I did not know about this until this morning. My deepest condolences to you my prayers are with you. Darrell will be missed by many...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Ed Gawlik - Apple Valley, MN

“Bea and Family,We send our sincere condolences and sympathy. I remember the times as a young boy seeing Darrell, Janice and Ron when my parents got...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Rollie and Judy Hackbart - IL

“Bea and family. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Still having a hard time believing Darrell is gone. So thankful we got to be with you...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Dick and Bonnie Jirik - Marshall, WI

“We can picture him cooking two large steaks on his charcoal grill in the driveway. He smiled and waved every time we saw each other. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Lucas and Amber Sergenian - WI

“My condolence to Darrell's family. I know Darrell through my good friend and coworker Ron Helmke. My best wishes to his family and friends. ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Wayne Hammen - DeForest, WI

“A SUPER NICE GUY. ALWAYS NICE TO EVERYBODY. SO VERY SORRY BEA. LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: JIM AND BRENDA DUSHACK - friend

“He will be missed by so many. R.I.P. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Candy Meylor - Sun Prairie, WI

“Some of my most memorably memories of Darrell was watching and playing cards with him, he always had something funny say after every hand. He would...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: stan peschl - waterloo, WI

“RIP Briggsville buddy I will never forget all the good times we had. Till we meet again. Rob Nordness ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Many great times, laughs and fun through the years with Darrell and Bea. He will truly be missed by all. Your memories will keep him close and...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Bonnie and Darrell Rostad - WI

“When I would be having a rough day at PEI I would stick my head in Darrel's office and B.S. with him quick. He always made it easier. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Adam Vorwald - Poynette, WI


12 of 17 | Posted by: Curt Johnson - Pardeeville, WI

“We love you and your wonderful spirit will never leave the hearts you have touched ! ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Sarah (Chase) Kammerud - WI

“You will be deeply misses Uncle "D", but never forgotten. My deepest condolences to the family! ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Sarah (Chase) Kammerud - WI

“Bea and Family.We were saddened to hear the news of Darrell's passing. He was a great neighbor and always had a wave and a smile when we would be...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Scott and Sue Whelan - Neighbor

“I worked with Darrell for many years. He was a very valued employee Very sad to see him go. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Edward Gesteland - FL - Coworker

“Please accept our sincere condolences. We have many fond memories of Darrell. He was a very special person. Jeff & JoAnn Ramsfield ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Jo Ramsfield - Sun Prairie, WI


Darrell D. Helmke, age 67, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison. He was born on January 8, 1950 in Madison and was the son of Ernest and Marcella "Sally" (Klubertanz) Helmke. He married Beatrice Knapton on Sept. 9, 1978. Darrell worked at Uncle Milty's Pizza and Hanley's in Sun Prairie, Derlein Scale Service in Madison, and then worked for Production Enterprise in Marshall for 42 years, retiring in 2015. He enjoyed hunting in Briggsville, playing cards, NASCAR racing, and the "roar of the mighty midgets" at Angell Park in Sun Prairie. He was a very friendly guy with a wave and a hello to everyone he met.
He is survived by his wife Beatrice; brothers, Ronald (Joan) Helmke, Donald (Joyce) Gmeinder, Robert (Joan) Gmeinder; a sister, Janice (John) Culbertson; sisters-in-law, Janice Gmeinder and Hazel Benisch all of Sun Prairie, Janette (Rodney) Latham of Mt Horeb and Donna (Bill) Petrie of Madison; nephews, Tony (Mara) Helmke of Verona, Mike (Susan) Culbertson and Tom (Lori) Culbertson of Sun Prairie, nieces, Connie (David) Sobczak of Sun Prairie, Karen (Matt) Cornwell of DeForest, Susan (Ron) Marsden of Oregon, Christine Hahn of Wauwatosa, and Janel Gmeinder of Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ralph Gmeinder.
A Celebration of His Life will be held on Tuesday February 14, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St. in Sun Prairie. A luncheon will follow at the V.F.W. Post #9362, 349 S. Walker Way, Sun Prairie. The family would like to thank the ICU staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their kind care, especially Nurse Susan.
Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home
Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-5400
www.newcomerfh.com