WILLIAM HELMER William J. Helmer, 78, passed away November 15, 2012 at his home. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico on January 5, 1934, and has been a resident of Barstow for 57 years. Bill worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a fireman. He left that job and started in construction, then started his own business on May 1, 1961, as contractor and owner of William J. Helmer General Engineering. He was active with his company until his death. Surviving Bill are his wife of 55 years, Joyce; children, Keith and Kenneth; grandchildren, James, Jessica and Kayla; and great-granddaughters, Olivia and Kenidee. Services for Bill will be on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 750 Broadway. Visitation will be at noon, and the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will be by the family farm in Oklahoma. Arrangements provided by Mead Mortuary, 760-256-5671.