By HDN Staff
Helmer John Kohlman, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, at a Havre hospital of natural causes.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Highland Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Flatau officiating. A time of fellowship will follow at the Assembly of God Church, 901 Ninth St. W.
Kohlman was born Aug. 11, 1909, to Albert and Clara (Schroder) Kohlman in Appleton, Minn. He moved with his family to the Sidney area to homestead when he was 5. He attended grade school in the Sidney area. He worked on the family farm in his youth and later herded cattle across Montana. While herding cattle, he had several opportunities to visit Havre.
Kohlman served in the Army during World War II. He trained in Death Valley for deployment in North Africa, but was station in the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska, instead.
Upon his return from active duty in April 1949, Kohlman married Doris Mae Carter in Glendive. They moved to Lambert, where he worked for the John Deere Implement company. In 1953, they moved to Havre. He worked for the state highway department and later the Hill County maintenance department until his retirement in 1976.
Kohlman enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles. Later, he enjoyed walking around town talking with friends. In his 80s, he was known to walk up to 10 miles a day around town.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 22 years.
Kohlman was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Clara Kohlman; sisters, Agnes Sanders, Alga Hill, Mae Syth and an infant sister; brothers, Ruben Kohlman and Ivan Kohlman; child, Jack Herringer.
Survivors include his children, Loretta Gallentine and Ronald Kohlman, both of Havre; sisters, Rosella Kobelin of Cody, Wyo. and Betty Haslin of Renton, Wash.; brother, Robert Kohlman of Spokane, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to The September 11th Fund, United Way of New York City, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.