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Keith E. “Hector” Helmer, age 59, of Six Lakes, passed away early Saturday morning, September 10, 2011 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

The son of Enos “Bart” & Alemeda E. (Smith) Helmer, he was born on Feb. 19, 1952 near Mecosta. For 32 years he worked in the foundry at Hitachi Magnetics in Edmore.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife, Joy Helmer of Six Lakes; their children, Brian Helmer and his fianc, Carolyn Terry, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Micquel & Scott Keur of North Carolina, Dustin & Amanda Loomis of Riverdale, Steven Cody Loomis of Six Lakes, and Dayle & Calvin Grandy Jr. of Grand Rapids; his grandchildren, Sabastian Keur, Latavia Grandy, Allexzander Grandy, Hannah Pearson, and Connor Loomis; two sisters and three brothers, Joyce Mayer of Canadian Lakes, Marvin & Chris Helmer of DeWitt, Dan & Linda Helmer of Leesburg, Florida, Ed & Nell Helmer of Cottonwood, Alabama, and Barb & Gale Merrit of Sheridan; and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place and a celebration of life gathering is being planned for a later date. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Hector’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, was entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on September 10, 2011 at 12:00 am


    09/14/2011 –

    Ned Edwards

    I worked with Hector @ Hitachi and he was such a joy to be around. He always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. I am so sorry for your loss. We are losing so many from the “Hitachi family”. Hector was so young, I can’t believe he is gone. God bless, Ned Edwards

    09/14/2011 –

    Annette & George Kroeze

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God Bless you.

    09/13/2011 –

    bob & deb prentice

    we are so sorry for your loss. will be keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    09/13/2011 –

    Dayle Grandy

    we all love you dad and my kids woulden’t be who they are,they woulden’t know the things they know, and they woulden’t know how to do the things that you tought them. you’ve done so much for me and my family I could never thank you enough I love you dad.

    09/12/2011 –

    Becky and Harvey Godfrey

    Hector, you were a very kind and compassionate man. It has been a pleasure knowing you for many years. Your illness took us by shock, and we are saddened for the loss of you. May your family gain strength through out the days ahead. RIP Hector,we will miss you.

    Leslie Anne Basney-Wood

    I am sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. We went to school together in Lakeview. That was many years ago. Seems like we’re getting to that age where several of our classmates have passed on. Praying that the Lord will comfort you, strengthen you, and give you His peace during this time.

    linda and leroy keeler


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