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Helen Hickam Ohlsen


Feb. 7, 1929 - Jan. 26, 2018

Family and friends are invited to help celebrate the life of Helen (Hickam) Ohlsen, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Ulett House in Bandon, 1200 Beach Loop on Queen Ann Court 1. She passed away Jan. 26, 2018 at her home in Eugene.

She and her twin brother, Herbert "Bud" were born Feb. 7, 1929 in Coquille, to Herman and Tisha Hickam. They joined brothers, Howard and Alvin, and sister, Wanda Spohn. All have preceded her in death. Helen went through the Coquille schools, married Lawrence Hutchinson, who died in 1951, then married Dale Ohlsen and settled in Myrtle Point until moving back to Coquille to open the A&W Drive-ln.

Always with a smile and kind word is how she will be remembered by those who knew her. At the A&W she taught many first time workers how to treat a customer. She and Dale then tried their hand at raising cranberries in Bandon, where they made some treasured friends. Their last adventure took them to a gold mine in California then a brief stay in New Mexico. After Dale died, she moved to Eugene to be near her sister Wanda and family. Hickam family reunions were looked forward to by all! Over the last 30-plus years, she retired from the Red Cross having once been their employee of the year. In retirement she loved trips to the coast, the Ulett house in Bandon was the place she felt most at home, especially if it was filled with her grandkids! And Depoe Bay with the girls was always fun! She liked to go to the casino, play bingo, and a day of shopping with her girls highlighted each trip. 

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She is survived by children, Linda Hutchinson Ommen and Dan of Eugene, Ann Ohlsen Hernandez and Manuel of Bandon, and Bill Ohlsen and Jude of Bandon; grandchildren, Sam, Chris and Jesse Hernandez, Pete, Bill and Annie Ohlsen, Andy and Michael Ommen "all were 11 of the best thing that ever happened to me" and she loved them dearly. Additionally, she enjoyed her 11 great-grandchildren and 10 nieces and nephews who loved and visited her often. Also, her adopted daughter, Dawnell was her best friend to the end.

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