Chris Helgedalen – Obit

Chris Helgedalen, 53, of Ulen, MN, passed away after a courageous battle with ALS on June 26, 2021, at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, surrounded by his loving family.

Chris M. Helgedalen, son of Clifford and Janice (Knutson) Helgedalen, was born June 16, 1968, in Detroit Lakes, MN. Chris grew up and spent his childhood in Ulen, where he graduated with the class of 1986. Chris went on to attend Moorhead State University, graduating with a Business Administration degree in 1991. 

After graduation from college, Chris moved to the Twin Cities, where he lived and worked for 30 years. He had two children, Regan and Cameron, whom he loved dearly. Chris worked various jobs in the Twin Cities area working for several companies during his successful career as a mortgage underwriter. 

He was diagnosed with ALS in August 2020, which he continued to battle until his death.

Chris loved sports and being active. Growing up, he participated in basketball, baseball, track and was an excellent football player. He also loved his Minnesota sports teams, especially the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Minnesota Vikings. Chris always enjoyed life and loved spending time with friends and family. He loved being outdoors, which was evident by his interest in fishing as a kid and hanging out by the pool while enjoying a good barbecue and cold beverage during the summer. 

His family and friends will dearly miss his outgoing personality, sense of humor, wonderful spirit, positive attitude, and tremendous courage.

Chris is survived by his daughter, Regan, 19, and son Cameron, 17, both of Inver Grove Heights, MN; his parents, Clifford and Janice, of Ulen; brother, Chad (Angie) of West Fargo, ND; special friend, Vicki Russell of Andover, MN; sister-in-law, Debbie Helgedalen (Darin), of Ulen; two nephews, Logan Helgedalen of Minneapolis, MN and Kyle Helgedalen of Ulen; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Chris is preceded in death by his brother, Craig Helgedalen (2004) of Ulen; and all his grandparents.

Chris’s family would like to thank the Sanford ALS Clinic and Sanford Hospital in Fargo, for all of their support and kindness throughout Chris’ illness. 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ulen, MN. Time of gathering will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be held in North Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery following the service.