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Merle "Stretch" G. Helderman

Monday, September 8, 2008

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Merle "Stretch" G. Helderman, 73, of Moline, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, in Silvis.

Born May 14, 1935 in Indiana he was the son of Rollie and Lucille Dicus Helderman.

He married Carolyn J. Hollingsworth on July 14, 1957 in Linton, IN.

He owned and operated Stretch's Hair Dimension in Moline for 47 years, where he retired in November of 1999. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the 101st Air Borne Division and was a member of Community Church of the Nazarene where he was a trustee and helped with the maintenance of the church.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Mark (Tracy) Helderman, Coal Valley, Marleana (George) McCormick, Moline, Michaele (Marcelino) Mier Moline; grandchildren, Ashley Mier (fiancÚ Jacob Hansen), Bryan Mier, Amber (Justin) Dennis, Adam McCormick, Megan Helderman, Sarah Helderman, Laura Helderman; great grandchildren, Tyler John Hansen, Kaylee and Konnor Dennis; siblings, Anna Moscrip, Indianapolis, Jerry (Jennifer) Helderman Loogootee.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were Saturday at Community Church of the Nazarene in Moline. Burial was Monday in Rock Island National Cemetery with military honors Memorials may be made to the church or The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.

Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. in Moline handled the arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed to Stretch's family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com