GREENVILLE - Rodney E. Helmer, 66, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at his residence with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 23, 1946, in Greenville, Ohio, son of the late Ralph and Thelma (Coby) Helmer. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Charles,and Jackson Helmer and Ronnie Ray. Rodney was retired from Pax Steel in Coldwater, Ohio, where he was tow motor operator. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Steelworkers Local #4839. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Debra (Graham), whom he married Aug. 6, 1988; his children, Bruce (Tonya Beasley) Glaze of Greenville, Todd (Cheryl) Stevens of Greenville, Elecia Pitman of Denton, Texas, Ronnie (Rhonda) Helmer of Celina, Jerry (Melissa Frech) Wert of Savona, Ohio, Kary (Brandy) Helmer of Celina, Robert (Diana) Shaffer, of Greenville, Andre Shaffer of Greenville, Steve (Lisa) Shaffer of Greenville; 29 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Ralph (Janet) Helmer, Lucreda (Joe) Brandt, Shelva Rose , Joan (Donald) Holdeman, all of Greenville, Dick Helmer of Troy, Bob (Joyce) Helmer of Troy, and Beatrice Hergenrather of Piqua. The family will receive friends at Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. The family requests memorial contributions be given to Darke County Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.oliverfloyd.com
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Published in The Daily Advocate on Jan. 24, 2013