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1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
MOUNT PROSPECT - James Myers Helm, 76, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at home. He is survived by his wife, Martha; two sons, Mike (Lisa) of Naperville, IL and David of Chicago, IL; sisters, Margo Withers of Houston, TX and Liz (Oscar) Struc of Addison, IL; brother, Standiford (Noel) of San Clemente, CA; two grandchildren, Derek and Alyssa, and many nieces and nephews. Jim was born on December 25, 1937 in Rochester, MN. He spent his early childhood in Bloomington, IN before moving to Evanston, IL in 1947. He graduated from Evanston Township High School, Class of 1955 and Illinois Institute of Technology, Class of 1961. He had a fulfilling career as a structural engineer, working for Illinois Central Railroad from 1961 to 1986, and then various engineering firms until retiring in 2011 after 11 years with Bowman, Barrett & Associates. Jim had a passion for music, and loved singing in the church choir and playing bells in the church bell choir. He enjoyed attending performances by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, along with plays at the Marriott Lincolnshire and Drury Lane theaters. He volunteered much of his time to his church and Rotary International, serving as the President of the local chapter from 2010 to 2011. Jim also enjoyed rooting for the Chicago White Sox and Indianapolis Colts. Visitation and memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 AM, and a memorial service will begin at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Jim Helm to Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect, IL 60056. Arrangements handled by the Cremation Society of Illinois, 847-577-6505.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Apr. 23, 2014
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