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Gordon Philip Helsel of Cedar Springs, Michigan (formerly of Sparta), age 84, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021. He was born to Wayne and Juanita (Schiedel) Helsel on November 7, 1936, in Sparta, MI. Gordon served in the United States Coast Guard, and as a Sparta Police Officer, and retired as a detective with the Wyoming Police Department. He was a member of the Sparta Lions Club, Cedar Springs Rotary Club and Moose Lodge #50. Gordon is survived by his beloved wife of 61 wonderful years, Sharon Helsel; children, Mike (Stacy) Helsel, Eric (Sue) Helsel, Mary Svitkovich, Walt (Jen) Helsel, and Rob (Donna) Helsel; and nine adored grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by both parents, Wayne and Juanita; infant son, Scott Michael Helsel; and daughter-in-law, Diana Helsel. The family would like to thank the staff at Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital for their care and compassion towards Gordon. Gordon’s funeral service was celebrated on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Sparta United Methodist Church, 54 E Division St, Sparta, MI 49345. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to The Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s, 19798 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 and/or Feeding America West Michigan 864 W River Center Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home, Sparta

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