Freddie Danforth Helmcamp ABILENE-Oct. 5, 1923 to Dec. 10, 2012 Fred Helmcamp passed away early Monday morning, Dec. 10, during a peaceful night's sleep at home. Mr. Helmcamp was raised in LaGrange, Texas. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 in 1941. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He always said he became a man early in the morning that day. Fred continued serving active military duty during both the Korean War and beginning of the Vietnam War. He was discharged in May 1962. After his retirement, Fred made his home in Lubbock, Texas, where he worked for Hemphill Wells Department Store and Bradley Lumber Company. Fred was an avid bowler and was a member of the Lubbock Bowling Association and American Bowling Congress. Fred bowled a 300 game in 1971, which was the thrill of a lifetime. In 1984, Mr. Helmcamp married Dorothy Blocker. They moved to Abilene, Texas, to make their home together. Fred took care of his wife during a lengthy illness. After her death, Fred continued bowling and was a member in the Abilene Bowling Association. He worked part-time at Cobbs Park Senior Center. Fred was a member of Elmwood West United Methodist Church. Survivors include his stepdaughter, Marty Bush and husband Jim of Waco, and two grandchildren, Brad Bush and wife Tara of Dallas, and Missi Bush Krause and husband Kyle of Richmond, Texas. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, James, Jonathan, Nicholas, Grace, David, Juliana, Caroline and Jaclyn. A celebration of life with military honors will be held at Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to Cobb Park Senior Center, 2302 State St., Abilene, TX 78603. Arrangements are under the direction of Elliot Funeral Home of Abilene.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 13, 2012