Helen Velma Klaus

Female19 January 1925–27 July 1990

Brief Life History of Helen Velma

When Helen Velma Klaus was born on 19 January 1925, in Washington, United States, her father, Raymond Joseph Klaus, was 24 and her mother, Velma Faye Van Laningham, was 20. She married Dean John Larsen on 30 November 1963, in Ventura, Ventura, California, United States. She lived in Olympia, Thurston, Washington, United States in 1930 and Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States for about 5 years. She died on 27 July 1990, in Imperial, California, United States, at the age of 65.

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Family Time Line

Dean John Larsen
Helen Velma Klaus
Marriage: 30 November 1963

Sources (8)

  • Helen Klaus in household of Raymond Klaus, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Helen Velma Klaus, "Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965"
  • Helen V Klaus, "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 November 1963Ventura, Ventura, California, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.


    Age 15

    Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind gusts came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.

    1944 · The G.I Bill

    Age 19

    The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: German Kurt, Angelika, Ernst, Guenther, Bernhard, Christl, Eberhard, Erwin, Friedrich, Fritz, Gerhard, Guenter.

    German and Dutch: from the personal name Klaus, a shortened form of Nikolaus (see Nicholas ). Compare Claus and Clouse . This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Czechia, Poland, and Croatia.

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): Germanized or dialect form of Yiddish kloyz ‘Jewish house of worship or study’ (compare German Klause ‘hermitage’).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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