WORTHINGTON - Lars Gustav Hellstrom, 81, was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Gotland, Sweden, the son of Johan and Kerstin (Lindquist) Hellstrom.
He arrived in New York City on Jan. 31, 1949, sponsored by his uncle, Gus Lindquist.
Lars married Alyce Hollem on Feb. 20, 1951, at First Lutheran Church in Worthington. He served in the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, from 1952-1954.
Lars farmed north of Worthington until his retirement, then they enjoyed spending their winters down south for many years. Lars' favorite pastime was driving around the countryside, looking at the crops. Lars died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.
Lars is survived by two children, daughter, Ramona (Jim) Marcovich of Fairmont, Minn., and son, Kim (Nancy) Hellstrom of rural Worthington, Minn.; three grandchildren, Sarah (Noah) Hoehn, Lance Hellstrom and Derek (Ashley) Hellstrom; one great-grandchild, Leo Hoehn; brother, Gosta (Marta) Hellstrom of Sweden and sister, Elisabeth (Hans) Soderdahl of Sweden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alyce; sister and brother-in-law, Lilian and Henry Eklund; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Worthington, Minn., with Rev. Richard Ricker officiating.
Casket bearers will be Kim Hellstrom, Lance Hellstrom, Derek Hellstrom, Noah Hoehn and Jim Marcovich. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.