Age 77, of Moore, South Carolina, formerly of Lansing, Michigan, passed away October 17, 2018, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was born October 25, 1940, in Ithaca, Michigan, to the late Rexford and Buelah (DeLisle) Helman.
Dick was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Saratoga. He moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1983 with IBM, and retired in 1994. After his retirement he volunteered at the Carnivore Preservation Trust in Pittsboro, North Carolina for several years. Dick was active in the Vineyard Church in Raleigh in the music ministry and food bank until 2011. He had a real passion for helping others. He enjoyed playing guitar, working on cars, spending time with his family and was good at fixing anything.
Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene (Dietrick) Helman; daughters, Michelle (Michael) Estes and Renee Sonney; grandchildren, Andrew Estes of Moore, SC, Stephen Estes of Boiling Springs, SC, Rexford Marsh of Phoenix, AZ, Raymond Sonney of Moore, SC, Dane Marsh of Moore, SC, Jacob Sonney of Pittsboro, NC, and Michael Estes III of Moore, SC; a brother, Raymond Helman, of Midland, MI; and a sister, Lucille Norton of Nashua, N.H.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister-in-law, Gail Helman; and brothers-in-law, Daniel Norton, Edgar Fosnight, and Duane Dietrick.
There will be a memorial service held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel. Visitation at 10 a.m. preceding the service. Memorial donations may be made to your local hospice or local food bank.