W. Matt Helms

SPRINGFIELD - W. Matt Helms, 66, of Springfield, died at 11:20 a.m., Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. He was born June 2, 1947, in Springfield, Illinois, to Lee "Gene" E. and Helen Bramlet Helms. He married Gloria Price on October 10, 1970, and she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Eric (Terri) Helms of Springfield; one grandchild, Gavin Matthew Helms; father, Lee "Gene" E. Helms of Springfield; one sister, Judy (Jack) Shupenus of Petersburg; one brother, Greg (Debbie) Helms of Springfield; one aunt, Mary Schnirring of Springfield; one uncle, Bob Bramlet of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His mother preceded him in death.

William was a member of Sacred Heart Church. He was a US Navy veteran serving from 1966– 1970. He was a retired Fireman for the City of Springfield.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 p.m.

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Sacred Heart Church, Rev. Paul Habing officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association or to Masses.

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