ANKENY – Brent L. Helmkamp, 46, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away at home on Sunday, April 27, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., also at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (517 SW Des Moines St., Ankeny).

Brent was born October 27, 1967, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He grew up in Coalville and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1986. He was a 3-time Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament qualifier and a state champion his senior year. Brent received his bachelor’s degree in English from Drake University in 1991. While at Drake, he was a NCAA Wrestling Championship national qualifier. In 2012, he was inducted into the Fort Dodge Hall of Fame. Brent began teaching English and coaching wrestling and football at Woodward Granger High School in 1991. He later transferred to Ames High School in 1998 to coordinate their Alternative Learning Program, where he stayed for the remainder of his career.

Brent is survived by his wife, Sherry; his sons, Alec (16) and Jackson (10); his parents, John and Theresa of Ankeny; his sisters, Brooke (Jason) Moore of Ankeny and Brandi Helmkamp of Ankeny; his nieces, nephew, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed to various clubs dear to Brent.

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