First Posted: 5/7/2005


ROBERT A. HELMSTETTER, 73, died at 10:58 p.m. May 5, 2005, at Grant Hospital, Columbus.

He was born March 18, 1932, in St. Marys to Angelo and Katherine Klosterman Helmstetter, who preceded him in death. On July 24, 1954, he married Virginia A. Brockman, who survives.

Mr. Helmstetter retired in 1992 as a salesman from Pepsi Cola, Lima, after 38 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and painting.

Survivors also include two sons, Michael (Scarlett) Helmstetter of St. Marys and Tom (Penny) Helmstetter of Wapakoneta; two daughters, Debra (Doug) McCullough and Jane Eber, both of Wapakoneta; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Dave (Cinda) Helmstetter of St. Marys; and two sisters, Jean (Frank) Kuenning of New Bremen and Katie (Al) Bergman of Yorkshire.

He was preceded in death by two grandchildren; and a brother, William (Marilyn) Helmstetter.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. The Rev. Henry Albietz will officiate.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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