Dietrick Helmke

December 4, 1919March 15, 2018

Dietrick Helmke, 98, retired farmer and hydraulic machinist passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Dietrick was a WWII veteran. He was a long time member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Wichita. Preceded by his son Rodney, 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Survived by his loving wife of 71 years Elenor, daughters LaVeda (Terry) Carter, Marlene (Charlie) Fortenberry and Patty (Wes) Brooks, daughter-in-law Earlene Carothers, grandchildren Stacey, Lisa, Ryan, Ashlee, Rachel and 7 great grandchildren. Visitation with family present Mon. March 19th, 6pm-8pm at Hillside Funeral Home West. Viewing 10am-10:30am, Funeral Service 10:30am on Tues. March 20th both at St. John Lutheran Church in Nashville, KS with burial to follow at the Nashville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Wichita or St. John Lutheran Church, Nashville.


  • Wayne Reimer
  • Randy Reimer
  • Kevin Reimer
  • Mark Westerman
  • Karl Ely
  • Wayne Welch
  • Ryan Helmke, Honorary
  • Bryan Rogers, Honorary
  • Aaron Hilding, Honorary
  • Marlin Dicke, Honorary

  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • St. Andrews Lutheran Church


  • Visitation Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dietrick Helmke

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Harry Simpson

March 18, 2018

Rest Dietrick, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Linda Welch Ovian

March 17, 2018

As I went through photo albums from many years ago and watched snippets of home movies taken in Zenda and Nashville, one could only smile with the best of memories of a man God chose to bless us with by sharing for 98 years.
And with the smiles, the occasional tear knowing a man like this will not pass our way ever again.
For there was only one Dietrick Helmke.
A man of the earth as a farmer. A man of faith.
Respected. Compassionate. The best of virtues God could guide a life through.
Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, Friend and beloved cousin.
My heartfelt love and sympathy to Elenor, LaVeda, Marlene, Patty, Earlene and their families.

Linda Welch Ovian (daughter of Alfred and Jean Welch)

Dietrick and Dad were first cousins, but best of all, they were the best of friends as well.
The photo posted is of Dietrick and Dad on the hay wagon each holding their first born children, LaVeda Helmke and Bernice Welch Bounds.

Linda Ovian

March 17, 2018