Joseph “Joe” Helle Jr.

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Joseph “Joe” Helle Jr., 74, of Cedar Rapids, died surrounded by his children, on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Private services were held at Brosh Chapel, Cedar Rapids.

Joe was born to Joseph Sr. and Ardella (Riesberg) on Dec. 6, 1944, in Dyersville. 

Joe graduated from Garnavillo Community High School in 1963. He married Peggy Tindell at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Dec. 26, 1967. The majority of his working years was spent owning and operating his own business.

He loved spending time with his family, going to auctions, reading the newspaper and tending to the yard. Joe was an avid sports fan having played basketball and baseball in his youth and later enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. In retirement, he treasured the time spent in the company of his grandchildren.

Joe is survived by his children, Tracie (Steve) Helle Schmelzer, Bradley (Sue) Helle, Brent (Dori) Helle and Justin (Sarah) Helle; grandchildren, Kohle, Peyton, Jayden, and Brooks Helle; sisters, Wilma Mensen, Shirley (Leonard) Thein, Jo Ann (Jerry) Cox; brothers, Louis (Betty) Helle, David (Leslie) Helle and Wayne (Kathy) Helle. 

He most recently lost his wife of 51 years, Peggy Helle on Jan. 25, 2019. They were inseparable in life and now are happily reunited in eternal life. He is also preceded in death by his parents and brother in-law Dale Mensen.

Memorials may be sent to Brent Helle and will be directed to the Fairfax EMS team. 

You can show your support and share memories with Joe’s family on his tribute wall at

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