I’ve had the privilege of growing up around some really great men. Men that not only modeled great examples of what men should be like but were also great friends and fathers to me.

I just found out tonight that one of these men, Steve Helmke, went home to be with Jesus yesterday. This shocking and heartbreaking news compels me to write a few words to honor him.

There were many joyous get-togethers with the Helmkes that included food, fellowship, games, hay-rides, music, and laughter late into the night. Steve was someone who always had a smile on his face, an infectious laugh, and treated everyone like they were the most important person in the room. We all enjoyed being together so much that it was painful to leave, which was largely because of the joy, energy, and love that Steve brought to the room.

As a kid, I loved computers and had a huge curiosity for them. I was so curious that I ended up taking our first computer apart, which I thought wouldn’t be a problem as long as I could put it back the way it was, but I was wrong. When I tried to power the thing up all I had was a black screen with a blinking cursor. Steve and Rhonda came to the rescue and helped us restore it back to normal. I believe their help and the conversations we had about technology are influences that helped accelerate my learning and ultimately led me to my career in design.

These are just a couple of the many memories of Steve that I was blessed with through the years. He will be greatly missed in this lifetime, but I look forward to many more get-togethers with him in eternity.

Since Steve loved music and it was often something we all enjoyed together as friends, I thought it would be fitting to end with a song.

Author Justin Redman

Husband, designer, + co-founder of Redman Creative. Located in Minneapolis.

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