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John Ronald Helms, 1922-2009, of Eagle

John Ronald Helms
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John Ronald Helms, 87, of Eagle died Sunday of natural causes at the Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle.

John was born July 7, 1922, in Elkton, Colo. to Harold and Ruby Snowden Helms. He attended school in Victor and Cripple Creek.

John married Muriel Ann Winter on June 10, 1949, in Eagle. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.



John was a World War II veteran and he was deployed to Japan. He was a member of the American Legion Post 150.

John worked New Jersey Zinc for 35 years and was a supervisor for most of that time. He retired in 1985. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed camping with his family, fishing, hunting and gardening.



He is survived by his wife, Muriel Helms, of Eagle. He is also survived by his children, Tom and Deanne Helms, of Eagle, Rod Helms, of Eagle, Joan Helms, of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Ron and Vicky Helms, of Centerfield, Utah.

Survivors also include grandchildren and great-grandchildren Amy and Mark Hutton and her son, Jaden Taylor, of Burlington, Zach Helms, of Gypsum, Amber Vail, of Denver, Matthew and Meka Ullrick and their son, Nathan Ullrick, of Glenwood Springs, Herman Hogue, Sabrina Hogue, Chance Helms and Chelsi Helms, of Centerfield, Utah.

His surviving sisters are Marylee and Don Hennigar, of Lindon, Mich., and Mildred Sodertstrom, of Casa Grande, Ariz.



Other surviving family members include Brenda and Joe Roubidoux, of Wright, Wyo., and their children, Jerilynn and Walt, of Gillette, Wyo.; James Roubidoux and his three children, John, Michael and Marianna, of South Dakota; Janice Strauss, of Westminster, and her children, Steven Strauss, Chris Strauss and daughter Jessica Faith; and Raymond Strauss and son Ryann.

John was proceeded in death by his parents, Harold and Ruby Helms, and brothers Harold Helms and Billie Helms.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Gypsum. A burial service will follow at the Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle. A dinner at the First Baptist Church in Gypsum will follow graveside services.


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