Alan E. Helton

March 13, 1956 — September 17, 2023

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Alan Helton, 67, passed away Sunday, September 17th, 2023.

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at the Dallas County Fairground Community Building, 28057 Fairground Road in Adel, IA.

Alan graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in 1974, and attended Elsworth Community College. His career included employment at the Movie Theatres in Des Moines, SEARS for over 40 years, and Factory Motor Parts where he was currently employed.

“Big Al,” who looked and sounded like he might be mean, was actually a big ol’ teddy bear. He was also known as “Mr Fix It,” for all one needed to do was give him a call and he would be there. His hobbies were listening to good music, Pink Floyd and the Moody Blues were his favorites, watching good movies, “Star Wars”, playing softball with the DMPD members, Bowling Leagues with his buddies from Sears, and “Go Hawks!”, “Da Bears”, Steelers, and “Go Rangers” were his favorite sports teams. Muscle cars were another love and he was so proud of his Chevelle “Awesome 1”. He loved NASCAR racing and Dale Earnhardt Sr. was his idol. He enjoyed Horse Show events in Iowa and surrounding states, the outdoors, and hunting with his buddies. He loved his connection with people. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind or tell a good joke. He was kind and caring to everyone. He and his wife loved the Florida beaches and racetrack visits. His children knew him as being the best man they ever knew and got a part of his helping “Mr. Fix It” hand. His grandchildren knew him best for having the best hugs, unhealthy delicious snacks, a protector of his granddaughter to fend off her first boyfriend, and one of their biggest supporters and fans. He loved his children and loved attending all his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He is loved and missed by his father, Lanny Helton Sr; wife, Carolyn (Ogren) Helton, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage; brothers, Lance and Lanny Helton Jr; son, Michael Helton; daughter, Jessica Helton; grandchildren, Brystal Webb, Bentley Webb, Wyatt and Cash Helton; as well as extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Helton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to any Food Bank of one’s choice or the Wounded Warrior Project.

All in all, Al’s love, smile and hard work will continue to be remembered, tucked into the hearts of those who loved him.