Paul Henning Helland

Friday, June 16, 2017 6:39 pm

Paul Henning Helland, 78, of Cedar Falls, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Pinnacle Care Initiatives under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice after a brief battle with cancer. Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Nazareth Lutheran Church. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and one hour before services Saturday at the church. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls. Memorials may be directed to Nazareth Lutheran Church, Western Home Communities and Cedar Valley Hospice. Condolences may be left at

He was born in Decorah April 2, 1939, the son of Chester and Hannah Helland. He graduated from Mabel High School in 1957. He attended Iowa State University where he was involved with ROTC and served in the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant upon his graduation from ISU with an engineering degree. He married Joanne Grindeland Sept. 3, 1960, at Locust.

Paul was a professional land surveyor and civil engineer. He was employed by Erdman Engineering in Decorah, then the engineering department of the City of Cedar Falls, prior to starting his own business of Helland Engineering and Surveying in Cedar Falls in 1975, of which he was actively involved in until his passing. He relished spending his free time with his family; he was involved in the Boy Scouts for many years and assisted all three of his sons in earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He found great pleasure in driving his antique tractors.

Survived by his loving wife, Joanne Helland; three sons: Terry (Colleen) Helland of Chanhassen, Minn., Jeffrey (Jo) Helland of Cedar Falls and Kyle (Lisa) Helland also of Cedar Falls; four grandchildren: Kelsey Helland (Tim Schumacher/fiancée’) of Milwaukee, Courtney Helland of Bloomington, Ind., Kylie and Kael Helland of Cedar Falls; a sister, Doris Doely of Spring Grove, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Helland of Decorah; brother and sisters -in-law: Willie and Karen Brown of Decorah, and Tom and Linda Johnson of Des Moines.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Kevin; his brother, Merlyn Helland; brother-in-law, Robert Doely; and a nephew, Mikkel Helland.

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