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Calvin S. Helm


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Calvin S. Helm Obituary
Calvin S. Helm, 93, of Challis passed away at his home on February 20, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Cal was born on August 1, 1924 in Riverside, Idaho to Philip and Dolly (Smart) Helm. He had one sister, Verna, and two brothers, Marshall and Varian. Dad grew up during the Great Depression and felt the pain at an early age of his family losing their farm. He worked very hard during that time to help his family survive. He also found time to have fun during those years: skiing behind horses, skating the Blackfoot Canals, sledding behind his team of dogs, basketball, baseball, hunting, and even pole-vaulting.
In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II. He was on the USS Kitson, a troop and machinery transport ship in the Pacific. He was in the Battle of Okinawa and barely survived the kamikaze planes from Japan. After the war he returned home to work at Kraft Cheese in Blackfoot. It was then that he met Barbara Howell, his wife of 68 years. He said when he first kissed her, the fireworks went off, and so he knew she was the one. They were married in Blackfoot on July 2, 1950.
Together they bought Howell Grocery in Blackfoot from Barbara's parents and operated the store for many years. Two sons came along, Jack in 1954 and Steve in 1962. In 1966, Dad had saved enough to make a down payment on a cattle ranch in Challis, something he had always dreamed about. He moved to Challis in 1966. Barbara and the boys moved in 1969 after selling the store. Dad loved his ranch.
He especially loved his time on the range in Stanley Basin along with the other ranchers in the Stanley Basin Cattle Association. His favorite time was on a good horse cutting cows in Stanley. Dad loved horses and also loved cars from his first Model T to Barbara's Ford Mustang. Dad would take Mom on many long rides, almost always coming back to Challis that same day or night. He loved to visit with people and had many great friends and neighbors. His motto was to treat others as you would want to be treated.
Cal is survived by his wife Barbara (Howell); sister Verna Chapman of Richmond, Virginia; sons: Jack (Marilyn) Helm of Vale, Oregon, Steve (Shelly ) Helm of Challis, Idaho; grandchildren: Doug (Jo ann) Helm, Mike Helm, Katie Helm, Stephanie Helm, Matt Helm, and Nicole (Jaymis) Marburger; great grandchildren: Kendyl Helm, Sarah Helm, and Tylar Helm.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Marshall Helm and Varian Helm.
A celebration of life for Cal will be held at a later date.
A special thanks goes out to Pam from Avalon Hospice and to Monica, Kim, and Cindy from Salmon Valley Hospice. You are very special people.
Arrangements are through Jones and Casey Funeral Home of Challis. www.jonesandcaseyfh.com
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 5, 2018
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