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Dear Friends,

We are very deeply saddened to say that on December 21st we have lost a loving husband, great dad, caring son and brother, Terry, to a courageous battle with cancer.  
For those of you who knew Terry from the auctions you would agree he was honest, kind and had compassion for others. 
Terry's hardworking, dedicated work ethic was second to none.
Terry loved the auctions and enjoyed visiting with friends, both those he had known for years and those he just met.


I have listed below Terry's obituary that was in our local paper if you would like to read it.

To those who have sent condolences via mail, email, text or on the GoFundMe page we say "Thank you" from the bottom of our hearts.

We sincerely wish each and everyone a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year. 

Please pause and take a moment during the hectic holiday season and let your loved ones know how much you care.  Life is too short.

We hope to see ya at the auctions next year.

Sending our Love,
Col. Barb's Auction

Barb, Katie and Andy Helein

Terrence “Terry” Lee Helein, age 56, of Nichols, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born June 20, 1962, son of Virginia (Vanden Bosch) Helein and Larry Helein.

On October 10, 1986, he was united in marriage to Barbara Diemel.

Terry enjoyed working with his wife Barb and their children Katie and Andy for their family owned business, Col. Barb’s Real Estate and Auction. He also enjoyed working many years (since 1985) for Carew Concrete & Supply as a Ready Mix driver. He was a dedicated, hardworking and valued employee.

Terry loved fishing, hunting and camping with his family and friends. He was proud of his John Deere 4520 tractor and loved “Ranching” with the cattle. Terry was the founder of the Whistle Inn Out House Races and the Whistle Inn Chicken Drop Bingo.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; daughter, Katie Helein and son, Andy Helein, both of Nichols; mother, Virginia “Jean” Helein; father, Larry Helein, Seymour; mother-in-law, Catherine “Katie” Diemel, Nichols; sisters: Beverly (Cliff) Reis, Joanne (Kenn) Timm, both of Seymour; also survived by several nieces and nephews; and special buddies “Gilbert and Teddy”.

Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, from 4-8 pm. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Thursday, December 27, 2018, from 9:30 am until the funeral service at 11:00 am. Burial will take place in Union Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed to Terry’s family at

A special thank you to the numerous family and friends for all the care and concern shown to Terry and our family during this difficult time.

Terry, you were a loving husband, great dad, caring son and brother. Your honesty, kindness and compassion for others along with a hardworking, dedicated work ethic speaks highly of the person you were. Those who were fortunate to know you would agree that you are the definition of “A Perfect Man”. You will live on forever in our hearts and never be forgotten. 

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