Ric Helstrom passed away peacefully on October 25, 2019 surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Ric was known for being caring, compassionate, and always having a genuine smile on his face and a kind word to share.
An artist, photographer and animal lover, he was a beloved pillar of the many communities he touched. Born in September 1951 in Lebanon, Oregon, Ric attended Kaiserslautern (K-Town) high school after moving to Germany and maintained lifelong ties with many of his classmates from that time. He went on to attend Brooks Institute of Photography where his career as a photographer began. While living in Colorado for more than 45 years, Ric was known for his work as a commercial photographer and graphic designer, his art, his work with Bear Creek Dog Park, and his love for playing pickleball. He took great joy in traveling, both abroad and domestically, with a particular love for R-Pod camping here in the States. He loved sci-fi, dating way back to the first Doctor Who and his love of westerns. An appreciative epicure, Ric made a great pot of chili and would never turn down a piece of German chocolate cake. He was incredibly supportive of all the local artists and you couldn’t go anywhere without him knowing someone.
Ric is survived by his daughters, Erika Helstrom and Margaret Dickenson; companion, Becky Fredell; sisters, Jo Farber and Nancy Helstrom; and cousin, Judy Blackledge.
A Celebration of Life service will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Warehouse Gallery from 12:00-3:00 p.m. We’ll be gathering to share our favorite stories, memories, and photos. This will be a vibrant celebration; come dressed in colorful attire. Ric’s artwork will be displayed, accompanied by live bluegrass music, good food and laughs as we remember a wonderful man who will be greatly missed.