Gerald DeWayne Helms, 82, of Lewellen, NE passed away on the evening of Sunday, December 27, 2015. He was born on October 31, 1933 in Veedersburg, IN. He was the third son of Charlie and Gladys Helms. He attended school in Veedersburg and graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1951. After graduation, he joined the US Air Force.
On June 10, 1955, he married Anne Blair in Speedway City, IN. From this union, there was a son and two daughters. Throughout his Air Force career, they were stationed in Texas, Japan, New Mexico, Illinois, Turkey and South Dakota. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 and in 1973 he and the family moved to Fort Collins, CO.
He had a very diverse career after the Air Force, working for Boeing, Kodak, Woodward Governor and as an independent truck driver. After driving for many years, he decided to retire and returned to Veedersburg, IN to care for his mother, Gladys, for over 14 years until her passing in February of 2009. Then, he moved to Lewellen, NE and remained until his passing.
In his retired years, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family in both Fort Collins, CO and Cheyenne, WY. He had many friends that he enjoyed spending time with as well and was a member of the American Legion in Fort Collins, CO. He travelled to see his friends and family spread out over Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Gladys Helms as well as two brothers, Charles and Dean Helms.
He is survived by his son, Mike Helms, of Lewellen, NE and his two daughters: Lori Zumo of Cheyenne, WY and Susan Glass of Fort Collins, CO. He had 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 2nd, at 11am at the American Legion Post 4 on old US287 in Fort Collins, CO.
Funeral service will be 1:00 PM (EST) Monday January 4, 2016 at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg IN with Pastor Loren Stephens officiating. Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon Monday and continue until the time of service. Burial will follow service at Rockfield Cemetery near Veedersburg with military honors provide by American Legion Post #288 and the U.S.A.F. Online condolences at www.dickersonfuneralhome.com