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home : obituaries : obituaries May 25, 2016

11/7/2013 8:00:00 AM
Dan Edward Helt
Jan. 6, 1949 - Nov. 4, 2013
Dan Helt
Dan Helt

Mr. Dan Edward Helt, 64, of Rochester, died at 5:33 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. 

On Jan. 6, 1949, Dan, the first son of John A. and Margaret E. (Zumbaugh) Helt was born in Rochester. As one of eight children, growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters Christina and Jean and five brothers David, Bob, Kevin, Larry and Kerry. In 1967 with great Zebra pride Dan graduated with his class from Rochester High School.

Dan and Kathy Jean Leak Smith were married on June 11, 1977, in Lizton. Together they shared 36 years of life's adventures.

To relax Dan and Kathy looked forward to heading to Indy for the Brickyard 400. They also enjoyed dining out at the Moose Lodge Family Center of which he was a member. A life long Zebra fan, Dan closely followed the men of our gridiron, and the track team in the spring. In the early 1980's when the Little League Diamond needed some upgrades, it was Dan who was in the thick of things helping with the needed transformation. An avid NASCAR fan, Jeff Gordon, #24, was his favorite driver.

With a passion for operating heavy equipment, as a young man, Dan owned Helt Excavating. From that passion came his nickname "Dozer Dan." Dan was very content to be moving dirt, clearing the ground from the seat of his bulldozer or backhoe. He always made time to help his friends and family with whatever they needed. Carpentry and working with his hands was also a strength he shared with others. He also tinkered with mechanics.

Left to cherish Dan's memory are his wife Kathy; two sons, Brad Smith and companion Morgan Lahrman, Mulberry and Ryan Helt and wife Alicia, Rochester; a granddaughter Cameron Smith; a granddog, Shiloh, a silver and black German Shepherd with a highlight of red to enhance his coat; two sisters, Jean Baker and husband Kenneth, Rochester, Christina Smith and husband Steve, South Whitley; four brothers, David Helt and wife Karen, Robert Helt and wife Sharon, Kevin Helt and Larry Helt, all of Rochester.

Preceding Dan in death are his parents, grandparents and a brother Kerry Helt on Nov. 17, 1994.

A celebration of the life of Dan Helt will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Fulton County Animal and Education Center through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at 

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Brennan

Dear Brad, Ryan, and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Hope you are doing okay. Linda (Weissinger) Brennan

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Article comment by: Shawna Stutzman

I am stunned and so sad to hear about this. Dan was such a fun guy! My thoughts go out to the whole family...especially Kathy. Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss.
Shawna (Ramsey) Stutzman

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: lori chevalier

my condolences to Dan's wife Kathy and the rest of his family. He and his wife were/are my back yard neighbors for the past 12 yrs. Dan was always nice with a friendly smile and wave each time I seen him and his wife out in the yard together..i would see them having good times together at local auctions...he will me missed

Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: cole zartman

Very sorry to hear about Dan. He always was a good man. My condolences to all of the Helt family.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Don Miller

I am so sad to hear about Dan and want to send my condolences to all of the Helt Family.

I have fond memories staying overnight at their home when I was in high school, baling hay, (they had a nice Oliver 1850 tractor)and working for Dan laying sod around the South Bend area.

Dan was always a nice, gentle, person with that special laugh!

Sincerely, Don Miller

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