Walter L. ‘Jake’ Helms

Walter L. “Jake” Helms, 91, of rural Veedersburg, passed away 2:10 p.m. Friday June 7, 2019 at Williamsport Nursing & Rehabilitation in Williamsport.

Jake was born Aug. 22, 1927 in Fountain County, the son of Hardy and Dossie Jane (Bonebrake) Helms. He married Phyllis I. Williams on May 29, 1971; she preceded him in death Sept. 5, 2003.

He is also preceded in death by an infant sister, Margaret Helms.

Surviving family include three daughters, Kathy Steele, Riverview Florida; Janet (Mike) Olsen, Apollo Beach, Florida; Tracy Duncan, Apollo Beach, Florida; two sons, David Helms, Indianapolis; Kevin (Lisa) Helms, Byron, Illinois; a sister, Mary Catherine Reffet, Veedersburg; 14 grandchildren; and several great and great-great-grandchildren.

Jake attended school in both Yeddo and Kingman before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he would serve his country in the European Theater of WWII on board the USS Ransom minesweeping ship. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, he farmed for a few years, and went on to be employed at TeePak in Danville, Illinois for over 30 years in the maintenance department.

He was a passionate IU basketball fan. He also enjoyed fishing, both locally and the many fishing trips he had taken to Minnesota and Canada over the years. He had been a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge in Yeddo and member of the Shriner’s in Terre Haute.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday June 12, 2019 at Dickerson Funeral Home, 303 N. Main, Veedersburg. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday June 13 at the funeral home with Pastor Tom Covington officiating; burial will follow at Bonebrake Cemetery near Veedersburg with military honors provided by American Legion Post #288.

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