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David Robert Helvig

David Robert Helvig passed away on January 4, 2021. David was born at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on September 10, 1957. He was the son of Robert and Rosemary Helvig.


Dave graduated from Des Moines Technical High School in 1975. He worked at Mercy Hospital before entering the US Navy where he served for four years in Okinawa and Hawaii. Shortly after his discharge, he attended De Anza College in Silicon Valley California. Dave was a jack of all trades and master of most of them. He worked in the construction industry in Iowa and Florida. Then, Dave became a Journeyman Union Brickmason in 1989.


After living in Sarasota, FL for 5 years, he returned to Des Moines and worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for 3 years. Some of you may also remember Dave spending time working for Palmer’s Deli part time along side his brother John. More recently, Dave worked for AJ Properties in Altoona, Iowa using his skills as a Maintenance Manager.


Dave loved watching football, fishing, hanging out with his friends, listening to music, and having great conversations. Those of you who knew Dave, know that he wore his heart on his hats and t-shirts……and those included the Hawkeyes, Packers, and Cubs. Dave never met a stranger because he was friendly and receiving to all he met. He truly was the guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He loved and was loved in return. We will all cherish the memories we shared with Dave and think of him often.


Dave will be greatly missed by his mother, Rosemary Lehman of Sarasota, FL; his sister Kathy Helvig Skeens of Sarasota, FL; sister Gabrielle Brennan of Weymouth, MA, nephew Josh Helvig (Kira) of Waukee, IA, and countless other family and friends of “U.D.” Dave was preceded in death by his father Robert Helvig and his brother John.


We will be planning a Celebration of Life when the weather warms up to accommodate an outdoor event. We will post more details on Facebook when we can solidify a date and time. Dave wished to be cremated and laid to rest at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa to be near his fellow veterans and his brother John.