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Thomas L. Helder, age 70, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday morning, January 23, 2022 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The son of Louis & Kathleen Donna (Lotterman) Helder, Tom proudly served in the United States Army.

Tom retired after 45 years of service from Meijer, Inc.  where he worked in office management at the company headquarters in Walker, as well as traveling extensively to Meijer stores throughout the mid-west.  He enjoyed deer hunting, trout fishing in the Pine and Pere Marquette Rivers, or just relaxing on the deck.  He was a man of many talents and made himself available to anyone in need of help.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Surviving are the love of his life, Linda M. Helder;   a son, Scott T.  & Katie Helder and their children Ethan and Drew;  special cousins, Ruth Agin and Susan Theule;  brothers-in-law, Robert &  Linda Lowell, and Russell & Deb Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.  We are all saddened by the passing of Tom, but throughout his journey, he touched many lives.  He will always be remembered and forever in our hearts.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Tom’s life from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at The Casino Club, 3260 Salerno Drive N.E., Grand Rapids, with the rendering of military honors at 1:00 p.m.  Dress casual, be ready to share memories, laugh at the good times, and remember the full life he lived.  A light lunch and beverages will be provided.  Special thanks to the Honor Guard and Spectrum Health Hospice, especially Stacy, Jaymie, Missy and Jai for their support, compassion and loving care.

Instead of flowers, contributions in memory of Tom may be directed to Spectrum Health Hospice, Tunnels to Towers, Lake County Animal Shelter or a charity of your choice.   Special thanks to the Honor Guard and Spectrum Health Hospice, especially Stacy, Jaymie, Missy and Jai for their support, compassion and loving care.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Tom’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.MichiganCremation.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616-745-5638), exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.

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  1. Linda Heeringa on January 27, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    We remember Tom as a hard worker and helpful neighbor for many years. He took great pride in his beautiful landscaping which was second to none. RIP Dan and Linda Heeringa



  2. Dave McIntire on January 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Tom was such a great guy with so much ambition. So sorry to hear of his passing. Linda and family, you are in our thoughts.

    Dave & Karen McIntire



  3. Brian and Suellyn Metten on January 31, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Tom from this life, so sad that we never had a chance to connect again but are blessed to know we will see him again in glory. Linda, you are in my thoughts and prayers.



  4. Javon Kooi on February 2, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Tom was a good man and a wealth of knowledge. I enjoyed working with him. God Bless. Rest in Peace.



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