JACKSON CENTER — Russell L. Helmlinger, 90, formerly of Jackson Center, passed away Friday morning, Dec. 20, 2013, at Elmwood Assisted Living, New Bremen.
He was born in Shelby County on Dec. 19, 1923, to the late Michael and Selma (Weaver) Helmlinger. He married the former Catherine Schnippel on May 30, 1956. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Willa Holt, Velma Burean and Esther English.
Russ was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country during World War II from 1943 to 1946, where he saw action in the European Theater with the 70th Infantry Division in the field artilliary in Nice, France, to the Rhine River in Germany when the war ended. He started his teaching career at New Haven High School teaching industrial education. He later taught in Jackson Center, Sidney, Apollo JVS in Lima, and Lehman High School for a total of 34 years. Russ was also a carpenter and cabinet maker.
Russ was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center. He was also a member of the American Legion-Scherer Post 493, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3316 and the Indian Lake AMVETS and Moose.
Russ is survived by his wife, Catherine Helmlinger, of New Bremen; a brother, Richard (Alma Mae) Helmlinger, of Jackson Center; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Jackson Center, with Pastor Kent Hollis officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be observed following the service at Grace Lutheran Church and conducted by the American Legion-Scherer Post 493. Private family burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Shelby County or to Grace Lutheran Church.
The Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Jackson Center, assisted the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com