Verdell O. Helstad


Verdell O. Helstad, 79, of Whitehall, passed away peacefully at home, Saturday, July 31, 2021, after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Verdell was born December 10, 1941, to Carl and Gina (Gimse) Helstad in French Creek. He was baptized and confirmed French Creek Lutheran Church in rural Ettrick and graduated from Blair High School in 1960.

Verdell worked at American Motors in Kenosha and also at Foss & Warner in Coral City and Engen & Feltes Construction. He was part owner of Falls Meat Service in Pigeon Falls for four years. Verdell then got a job at the Trempealeau County Highway Department and worked there for 22 years.

Verdell loved all sports. He was a huge Packers, Brewers and Badgers fan. He also loved woodworking and gardening.

Verdell married Carol Holstad, January 18, 1964, in Whitehall. Together they had two daughters.

Verdell is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters: Lori (Mark) Waldera and Renae (Scott) Stendahl; three grandchildren: Katelyn (D.J.) Johnson, Charles Larson and Jack Waldera; three great-grandchildren: Taylor, Brayden and Haylee Johnson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Verdell was preceded in death by two sisters: Mariann Stenberg and Aloydis Eckman; and a brother, Carlyle Helstad.

Memorial services will be held Friday, August 6, 2021, at 3:00 p.m., at Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall.

Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Jack Funeral Home in Whitehall is assisting the family with arrangements.

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