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James "Jim" Helm
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Obituary for James "Jim" Helm

James “Jim” Laverl Helm Sr., age 82, of Mattoon passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Carle Foundation Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor Judy Poe officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.
Jim was born on March 9, 1936 in Mattoon the son of Dale and Nellie (Blackburn) Helm. He married Ruby Fern (Williams) Helm on July 17, 1954.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Ruby Helm of Mattoon, IL; children, Becky (Bill) Augenstein of Mattoon, IL, Jim (Renee) Helm Jr. of Effingham, IL; Darlene (Bill) Boyle of Mattoon, IL and Kathie (Mike) Johnson of Mattoon, IL; 7 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley (Phillip) Frazier and Dorothy (Don) Ames; and sister-in-law, Wanda Helm. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Tom Helm Sr.; 1 son and 2 daughters; 1 granddaughter; 1 great-grandson and 1 great-granddaughter.
Jim was a member of the New Mercy Worship Center in Mattoon. He was employed at Young Radiator Co. for 22 years. Jim was a professional Taxidermist for 55 years and was a master of his craft. He also delivered food for Angelo’s restaurant. Jim loved hunting and fishing, but most of all, enjoyed helping his family and spending time with them. Jim will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the Coles County Animal Shelter, 6818 North County Road 1120 East, Charleston, IL 61938 or New Mercy Worship Center, 1208 Moultrie Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938.

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Funeral Service




1:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Cemetery Details


Resthaven Memorial Gardens

Mattoon, IL

Memorial Contribution

New Mercy Worship Center

1208 Moultrie Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Coles County Animal Shelter

6818 North County Road 1120 East Charleston, IL 61920

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