Edward J. Helm (1923 - 2014)

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Edward J. Helm, 90, of Vandalia, passed away at 7:49 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at his home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia. A private family burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials: Donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Mr. Helm was born on May 4, 1923, in Loogootee, the son of Edd and Elzie Pruett Helm. He married Doris M. Isbell on Sept. 7, 1947, in a ceremony held at her home in Vandalia.
He graduated from Brownstown High School and attended Sparks Business College in Shelbyville. During World War II, Ed was enlisted in the Army Air Corps, and was stationed in the Mariana Islands and flew B29 bombers during missions over Japan. He received an honorable discharge in January 1946. He worked as an accountant for Exxon before retiring and moving back to Vandalia. Once back home, he needed to stay active, so he took the job as manager of Country Place Apartments and worked there for 10 years. Ed and Doris are well-known for their Christmas decór and displays, and were featured in the local paper several times. In his free time, Ed was a self-taught builder, and enjoyed refinishing furniture and helping neighbors and friends. He also just loved the outdoors and spending time in his year.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Doris; daughter, Jan and her husband Pete Manuel of Marshall; grandson Chris Savage and his wife Kim of Covington, Ga.; great-granddaughters, Caroline and Kinley Savage of Covington, Ga.; and his sister, Genelle and her husband Dick Metz of Minnetonka, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Mar. 3 to Mar. 12, 2014
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