John Ivar Heltzen, 66, Grove, passed away on Thursday April 13, 2017 at the Clarehouse in Tulsa.

He was born on October 25, 1950 in Tucson, Arizona to John I. and Virginia (Havemeyer) Heltzen.

After high school, John served his country in the United States Navy, during Vietnam on the USS Nereus.  He also worked construction and in the petroleum industry.

John was a member of the Rolling Thunder and the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and supporting many veterans groups. John was a member of the New Life Church in Vinita.

The family includes: his two daughters, Andrea Rake and husband Brandon of Collinsville, Laura Albritton and husband Andrew of Ft. Collins, Colorado; a brother Rolf Heltzen of Woodward and a granddaughter, Harper Perry of Collinsville.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and step-father.

The memorial service will take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, at the New Life Church south of Vinita, with Pastor Kevin Baker officiating. Interment is at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home of Vinita.