Everett was born on February 8, 1920 in Warroad to Charles and Martha (Porter) Helmstetter, who farmed their homestead north of Roosevelt after moving to the area from Long Prairie in around 1906.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Martha (Porter) and his sisters Edith Durand and Edna Jewell, and his brother George. Everett is survived by nephews, Charles Jewell of Pensacola, Florida, Stevan Helmstetter, Roosevelt and neice, Teresa Helmstetter Mathiason of Minneapolis.
Everett and his brother, George took over the family farm as teenagers upon the early death of their father; then, farmed together until they retired in 1985 after which Everett’s nephew (George and Joyces’ son) Steve took over the farm.
Everett was active in several community organizations including the Lake of the Woods Historical Society, serving on the Board of Directors for many years. He had a particular interest in local history and so interviewed many of the original settlers about their early experiences, eventually compiling this information into a self –published local history entitled Lest We Forget.
As an avid nature photographer, Everett dedicated considerable time photo-graphing local native plants, focusing primarily on the numerous species of exquisite orchids growing in the Beltrami Island Forest and Bog. He also enjoyed organizing excursions into the bog and on Lake of the Woods, eager to include anyone and everyone with mutual interest in exploring those unique environments.
A Funeral Service for Thomas E. Helmstetter of Warroad, MN will be held on November 9, 2012 at the Warroad Senior Living Center at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held at Silent City Cemetery in Roosevelt, MN.
Thomas Helmstetter passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Warroad Senior Living Center at the age of 92.