A private family celebration of life for Ronald Helmer, age 90, of Neligh, was Tuesday, June 5 and inurnment was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. 

Public visitation was Monday, June 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home in Neligh, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.  

Ron died Tuesday, May 29, at Neligh Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neligh. Beyer Snider Memorial handled the arrangements. 

Condolences may be directed to the family at www.beyersnidermemorialfh.com.


Ronald Lee Helmer was born Sept. 1, 1927, to Jake and Nettie (Spjut) Helmer, graduated from Royal High School and immediately entered the Seabees, serving in the south Pacific.  

Upon his return, he became engaged and married Lois (Mickey) McDaniel and the two celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, 2017.  

After a short stint in farming, he entered into construction, eventually forming Helmer’s Home Improvement Construction Company, designing, building and remodeling homes in Neligh and the surrounding area. He and his wife then purchased Binkerd’s Furniture, and for the next 20 years, worked side by side in Helmer’s Home Furnishings until their retirement in the mid 1990s.  

Next to spending time with his family, Ronald was a passionate fisherman, fishing the lakes throughout the United States and Canada. He also enjoyed working in his lawn, his poker club, golf, writing, painting, sculpting, singing and his time spent dancing and traveling with his soul mate Mickey.  

He served on the Neligh Volunteer Fire Department, the United Methodist Church Council and Neligh Jaycees, and was a three term elected city councilman where he served as president all three terms. He was a lifetime member of the Neligh Legion. 

Ronald is survived by his wife; daughters, Vicki (Gary) Cotton of Morrill and Cheri (Roger) Helmer-Reinsche of Omaha; three grandchildren, Michelle Cotton Harriger and finance, Troy Eisenhauer of West Point, Nicole Cotton Talavat (Chris) of Kearney and Bob Cotton and special friend, Clint Obrigewitch of Merri Island, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers-in-law, Lon (Audrey) McDaniel of Alamogordo, N.M. and Larry (Gwen) McDaniel of Titusville, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Mayra Helmer of Fairbanks, Alaska and Helen McDaniel of Denver, Colo.; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Leonard and Blanche McDaniel; brother-in-law, Lloyd McDaniel; siblings, Clara Helmer-Danielson, Danny Helmer, Terry Helmer and nephew, Johnny Helmer.

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