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James "Jim" Helmer, 55, of Duluth passed away on Wednesday April 23, 2014.

He was born in Virginia, Minn., on April 25, 1958.

Jim was an Army 82nd Airborne Veteran. He loved fishing, football, camping, and being outdoors with his children.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Madeline Helmer, and his precious granddaughter Kyra Kay Helmer.

Jim is survived by his children Erin (Derek) Stanger, Mike (Kim) Helmer, Lacy (Zach Flietstra) Helmer, and Greg Helmer; sister Sue Zander; niece Robyn Helveston; nephew Dahmon Stephens; grandchildren Clayton, Breann, Zach Jr., Raycer, Elexa, Rilynne, Kinley, Kiara, and Braedon; special friends Paula Zopf, Jon Burke, and Aaron (Tara) Jarvenpa, the love of his life for 11 years Dawn Eales; and many more friends and family.

VISITATION: 10 a.m. Wednesday April 30, 2014 until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service in Sunrise Funeral Home. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Park. Military Honors will be Accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. To leave an online condolence see