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With his family by his side, Ulke Helder, 86, of Dawson Township, Ont., and formerly Bergland, Ont., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

Ulke was born in Bergland on May 12, 1932 to Jon and Sieske Helder.

He owned and operated his farm in Bergland for 41 years. He also was employed with the OPP for four years and operated his own gravel truck.

Ulke will be lovingly remembered for his fondness for draft horses.

Ulke will be greatly missed by his wife, Hannah, of 61 years; children, Cindy (Keith) Stromstad, Brenda (Randy) Morrison, Dennis (Dana) Helder, and John (Sharon) Helder; grandchildren, Dylan, Jordan (Brian), Katie (Bryan), Austin, and April; and great-granddaughter, Bristol.

He also is survived by his two sisters, Tena Lundgren and Rena Helder; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ulke was predeceased by his parents, Jon and Sieske; siblings, John, Jane Vandeze, Grace Froome, Verna Meulenkamp, Gerben, and Sam.

As per Ulke's wishes, a private service was held and interment will take place at a later date.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Thunder Bay Kidney Foundation c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.