Herman M. Helmig, 92, of Hanover, Pa., died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Homewood at Plum Creek.
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Born Dec. 9. 1919, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Herman Alphonse "Dutch" and Lillian Constance Reese Helmig. He was the husband of Doris Margueritte Meyers Helmig, who died May 19, 2002.
He attended public schools in Baltimore, graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute "A" class in 1937.
During World War II, he was inducted into the Army on June 10, 1944, serving until May 16, 1946, with the 58th Signal Depot Company as a technical sergeant. On Feb. 11, 1945, he was sent to France. The following July 17, his unit was sent from France to Luzon in the Philippines. While there he supervised and assigned duties to the telephone and telegraph station along with inspecting and performing major maintenance and repairs on the communications system. His unit also oversaw POWs in the camp. He returned to the United States on April 23, 1946, receiving an honorable discharge in May of that year. He was later activated during the Korean War.
He had a 42-year career with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, retiring in 1981 as a district manager in engineering after starting as a telephone installer/cable splicer. During this time, he was transferred from Baltimore to Westminster, New York, N.Y., Salisbury, and then back to Baltimore, where he resided in Bel Air. He retired to Hanover in 1991.
While living in Westminster, he was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and in Hanover at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Surviving are children Kenneth M. Helmig, of Nampa, Idaho, and Marjorie L. Tine, of Chestertown; grandchildren Ken Helmig and Susan VanMetre, both of Boise, Idaho, Lt. Col. Greg Tine, of Hanover, Michael Tine, of Riva, and Missy Alberti, of Bel Air; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wetzel Funeral Home & Crematory, 549 Carlisle St., Hanover; and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of celebration of life, 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel at Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Road, Hanover, with the Rev. Keith Less, of Trinity Lutheran Church in Chestertown, officiating. Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, in Hanover, with full military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Memorial Fund at Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Road, Hanover, PA 17331; or St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 20 W. Chestnut St., Hanover, PA 17331.
Online condolences may be offered at www.wetzelfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 1, 2012