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Robert V. Helmer

1925 - 2021

Shelby, MI


Robert V. Helmer, age 96, of Shelby, passed away on March 25, 2021 in Shelby.  Robert was born January 15, 1925, the son of Margaret and Edward Helmer.  Robert served three years in the United States Army Air Corp including ten months in Italy.  After receiving his honorable discharge, Robert married June (Swinton) on June 4, 1945.  He worked at Continental Motors in Muskegon for forty years.

Robert is survived by his wife of seventy-five years, June; his children, Rick (Nancy) Helmer, Sandy Merrill, and Larry Helmer; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Vicki Hayes, and his brothers, Earl, Glen, Art, and Donald Helmer.

A military graveside service will be conducted on a date to be determined later this summer at Elbridge Township Cemetery.

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March 30, 2021 2:07 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

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Laurie Aho

April 9, 2021 4:54 PM

June , Larry and family our deepest sympathy with Bobs passing . Your all in our thoughts and Prayers . Everett Ayers & Tom and Laurie

Debbie Collins

March 28, 2021 4:16 PM

Dear June, I am so sorry about Bob's death.  He was so pleasant to visit with.  I have so many memories of coming to your house when I was little (and you lived in the basement).  I'm so glad I got a chance to visit with both of you a couple years ago when I stopped by.  My mom, Delores Eitniear, sends her love and prayers.  Sandy, Larry, and Rick, our prayers go out to you also...  Debbie (Eitniear) Collins

Mark R. Parrish

March 27, 2021 8:05 AM

To the Family of Mr. Robert V. Helmer,

The membership of American Legion Post #234 in Hart, Michigan, would like to share our deepest sympathy with your family on your loss. Mr. Helmer’s service to our country makes him a hero as far as we’re concerned and certainly you’re very proud of him, too. We want you to know that his brothers and sisters in arms now share in your grief.

Warmest Regards and God bless you all.

Mark R. Parrish, Commander

Cindi Farber Delo

March 26, 2021 7:04 PM

June & family, my deepest sympathies to you all on Bob's passing.  You are all in my thoughts and prayer.  

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