Lawrence graduated from Grand Ledge High School in 1953, where he played football. He proudly served with the U.S. Army from 1953-1956 during the Korean War. He went on to work as a welder for General Motors, retiring on February 28, 1993. He loved country music, smoking his cigars, NASCAR and football. He was a member of the American Legion Lansing Post #183, 40et8, V-946 in Lansing, and UAW Local 652.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sonya, and children Craig Helmker and Lisa Helmker.
The family would like to thank the nurses and CNA’s at Hospice of Lansing, Stoneleigh Residence, for their loving care and compassion.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society.