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Helander, Harlyn E.

Helander, Harlyn E.

January 16, 1939 — February 25, 2020

Harlyn Eugene (Gene) Helander, age 81, beloved husband, father and grandfather, entered eternal rest to be with his savior February 25, 2020, surrounded by family and loved ones at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Gene was born in Delong, IL on January 16, 1939. He was one of 5 children. He served our great country by enlisting in the Airforce. During that time, he met and married his best friend, soul mate and lifelong partner of 59 years, Ruth Helander. They married in Kansas City, MO in 1960.

Gene and Ruth were active in many Lutheran Churches around the country. They lived in numerous states meeting life-long friends while Gene perused his career in Manufacturing & Avionics. He held a bachelor’s in applied arts and Sciences. Being adventurous as he was, he loved hiking in the Colorado mountains viewing all the wildlife. Gene enjoyed family vacations and spending time with his two grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Eva Helander; brother Harold Helander; and sisters Hollis Lambert and Helen Runblad. Survivors include his sister Hazel Fisher; wife Ruth Helander; daughter Ronda Helander-Moore and her husband Gary Moore; and grandchildren Ryan and Tiffany Moore.

Graveside services will be held at 1PM, Saturday, March 7 at Memorial Park Cemetery, located at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

Service Information

Graveside services will be held at 1PM, Saturday, March 7 at Memorial Park Cemetery, located at Park Lawn Funeral Home, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Helander, Harlyn E.'s Guestbook

Ruth, I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Gene. Prayers to your whole family! May God bless you all and you will be together again in absolute paradise. Love, Jenny (Jack Lambert’s daughter), Wes and Graham (7)

Jenny Harrison

This news was very sad to hear. He was a great leader and a great friend. Worked with him at Aircell and Gogo and I will hold on to everything he has taught me. He will be truly miss.

Latana Perkins

My Prayers are with you and your family, Gene was a good man and a wonderful person .


Dear Ruth, We’re so sorry for your loss of your long-time husband and friend, Gene. He always reminded me of our Jack! Both friendly and full of laughter! Glad that Rhonda and Gary are close and please give them our sympathies too. May God continue to bless you Ruth.

Ann and Gary Smith

Ruthie, I am so sorry to hear about Gene. He was a long time friend and I respected him and his many abilities more than you will ever know. Should you be in this area, please stop in, we would love to see you. Please extend my condolences to Ronda and Gary.

Jimmy And Ava Ray

So sorry to hear about Genes passing I know how difficult it is what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Your faith will help you get through this difficult time. Sincerely your old friend Marjorie

Marjorie Garland

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