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David Lee Helms

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David Lee Helms Obituary

David Lee Helms,75, passed away on October 21, 2015, in Wasilla, Alaska. He was born on July 30, 1940 in Oscuro, New Mexico to Art and Dolly Helms.

Dave spent his childhood helping his parents work the family ranch in New Mexico. He attended school in Carrizozo, N.M., graduating in 1958. In 1963, he married Carol Cope. Together they had three children, Petie, Tammy, and David Dee.

In 1984, David moved to Alaska looking for work. He found a civil service job in Kodiak where he lived and worked until 1988. He also met and married his second wife, Ruthe Chase, there. From Kodiak he moved to Fairbanks and became a maintenance mechanic for the FAA until retirement.

David will be remembered for his kindness, his hard work, his love of old cars, and his devotion and dedication to his family.

He is survived by his brothers, Roy and Larry (Sue) Helms; his children and their spouses, Petie (Doug) Clary, Tammy (Terry Cratty) Helms, and David Dee (Alex) Helms; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces; and his step-children, Deborah, Katie, Shari, John, and their children.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruthe; his parents, Art and Dolly; sibling, June Helms; and nephews, Shelby and Dwayne Helms.

Services will be held in Nogal, New Mexico at the Nogal Church on November 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. For those wishing to send flowers or condolences, they can be sent to Hamilton-Odell Funeral Home,1334 Scenic Dr., Alamogordo, N.M. 88310. Contact via phone at 437-0530.

The Helms family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 30 to Nov. 29, 2015
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