Mr. Donald E Helmick, 85, of Mont Alto, PA, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022 in his home.
Born February 10, 1936 in Paisley, PA, he was the son of the late Leonard H. and Nellie L. (Miller) Helmick.
Mr. Helmick was a graduate of South Union High School, Uniontown, PA with the Class of 1954.
He served in the United States Air Force from March 1955 until March 1959 spending time stationed on the Azores Islands.
He and his wife, the late Mrs. Stella Louise “Lynn” (Stottlemyer) Helmick, were married June 22, 1962. Mrs. Helmick passed away December 5, 1996.
Mr. Helmick was a longtime employee of the Federal Government. He worked in Berryville, VA from 1961-1967; at Site R from 1967-1979 and later at Fort Ritchie, MD from 1979-1995. He retired September 30, 1995 after 40 total years of government service.
He was a member of Ringgold United Church of Christ, Ringgold, MD where he served as an Elder and Sunday School Teacher. He later was a founding member of Cornerstone Church of Christ, Chambersburg, PA where he also taught Sunday school for a number of years.
Mr. Helmick enjoyed sports of all kinds having played football and baseball in his younger years. He especially was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates. He also enjoyed antique cars and traveling all over the United States, even Alaska and trips abroad including a trip to the Holy Land where he visited Jordan, Israel and Egypt.
Mr. Helmick is survived by three children, Donald Keith Helmick (Vicki) of Chambersburg, Pamela S. Wilson (Richard) of Fayetteville and Ritchie Dwayne Helmick of Chambersburg; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his former wife, Maryann C. Helmick; one brother, James W. Helmick of Irwin, PA; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bethel L. Nester and Lida A. Helmick; and five brothers, Leonard G., Sturgis E. Robert E., Dennis R. and Ewing D. Helmick.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro with Pastor Don Conley officiating.
Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro where military graveside honors will be conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post #1599, Chambersburg, PA.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, Thursday afternoon, in the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.