More detail on this person: Jimmy Dale Helm ELYRIA - Jimmy Dale "Jim" Helm, 65, of Elyria died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ord Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. Sidney B. Bruggeman officiating. Military honors will be provided by Ord VFW Post 7029 and American Legion Post 38. Visitation will be prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home. Additional funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at Wilson Funeral Home in Russell Springs, Kent., with burial and military honors at the Hadley Cemetery. Mr. Helm was born Oct. 1, 1945, at Russell Springs, Ky. to Maurice and Nannie (Hadley) Helm. Survivors of the immediate family include his wife, Sandra of Elyria; two sons, Frank of Kentucky and Scott of Texas; a daughter, Shirley Helm of Kentucky; two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Dustin and Brandi Hon of Kentucky and Nick and Sarah Hon of Hastings; a sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Philip Antle of Kentucky; three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Upon graduating from high school at 17, he enlisted in the United States military, where he served his country first in the Air Force from 1963-1967 and then in the Army from 1968-1971. Jim was a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war, and received two purple hearts for being wounded in combat. He took culinary training while in the service, and upon leaving, acquired college schooling and degrees in journalism and psychology. His post military careers after returning home to Kentucky included jobs as a chef, commercial helicopter pilot, newspaper columnist and editor, Associated Press reporter, professional wrestling promoter and announcer and television weather reporter. In 1991, he moved to Nebraska with his wife, Sandra and stepson, Nick. He continued writing and contributing to newspapers and magazines, as well as starting and operating a successful hunting dog kennel where he pursued his passion for working with dogs that he carried with him throughout his life. Jim was a longtime AA member. He belonged to the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Organization, VFW and was the Chairman for the Valley County Republican Party. He enjoyed raising and training bird dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister, Virginia. Memorials are suggested to the Family or the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice Program.
Burial information: Grider's Chapel Cemetery, Jamestown, KY
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