W. Matthew Helms
W. Matt Helms, 66, of Springfield, died at 11:20 am, 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: 4:00-7:00 pm, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 pm.
Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association or to Masses.
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Eric, I am so sorry to hear about your father. When I heard about his passing I had so many good thoughts about your him while working and socializing with him. I always respected your dad for all the help and guidance he gave me while on the job. He was all about the fire dept. and he was good at what he did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these tough times.
My thoughts and condolences go out to the Helms family. Eric as you already know I had the very pleasure of driving your father around the City of Springfield and more than once he would look over and not say a word, I would just remind him to “hang on Chief “were going to a fire. We took routes that would make the nice lady in today’s GPS pull her hair out, But most of all I learned and grew under your Dads guidance, he gave me confidence. When your Dad was in Command of the outside we as Firefighters had no fear on the inside, because we all knew he had our back.
I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Helms family. May those precious memories of your dear loved one Matthew be foremost in your hearts and minds along with this wonderful promise that Jesus made at John 5:28,29. Again, my sincere condolences.
My Dear Eric, You are in my thoughts and prayers. You had a very special Dad. I think you know that he was like my brother and that he will be greatly missed. Always remember he is now in Heaven with his favorite barber, “Uncle Merk”. Love you always, Aunt Barb
To the Helms Family. Our sincere condolences with the loss of a very honorable and special man. We were very fortunate to have had him be a part of our lives. The “Cubbies” now have a SPECIAL ANGEL in heaven to help them win the WORLD SERIES!
Gloria and Family, Was so saddened to see that Matt had passed. You have our deepest sympathy.
Gloria, Eric, Gene, Judy and family, I am very sorry to learn of Matts passing. My deepist sympathy to his entire family. I will always remember Matt for the really nice guy he was. My prayers are with all of you.
We are very sorry for the loss of a family man, fire fighter, and true hero. We at MDA want to pass on our condolences from our family to yours.
Gloria, Eric and Family, My deepest sympathy in the passing of Matt! Always thought if him if a wonderful man, always kind! So very glad I could see you all this year! Much love, Joyce
Eric, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. I hope you know the positive influence he had on the lives of so many. You and your family are in thoughts and prayers.
Eric and Family. Deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Matt and I worked together on various projects over the years, had the utmost respect for Matt. Sympathy to you and your family. John Archer, Springfield, IL
Eric so sorry to hear about your pops, you or the family need anything don't hesitate to call us.Much love to you and yours in this difficult time whitey. Love you brother Dave and Jill.
Judy, Walt & I both send our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. It is very hard to loose a younger sibbling. May God Bless each of you at this sad time. Love, Walt & Marj Schwager
Karen Murphy posted on 6/14/13
Gloria, Eric and family I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family. Matt was a wonderful man and you could not have asked for better. He was always so cheerful and helpful in everything. He will be truly missed. I have you in my prayers for comfort during your coming days.