Franklyn D. "Del" Helm, Eugene, Ore., died Dec. 24, 2012, in Eugene, Ore.|
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church in Oakland, Calif. Donations may be made to the Del Helm Fund of the Oakland Methodist Foundation, which supports youth programs like those that helped Del become the servant leader he was.
Beloved husband, devoted father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Del spent his life helping others through acts of skill and service. A native of Montrose, Colo., he was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a graduate of Oakland High and College of the Pacific, where he was Archania fraternity president and met Mary Lee Bowman, his wife of 61 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a real estate executive at Lucky Stores and its Milan based Eagle Foods. He was active in Moline at Trinity Lutheran Church and supported Moline High School activities of his daughter, Mary Jane.
He was proudest of his family and the many home and life improvement projects he completed for them.
He is survived by his wife; children, Marcy (Mark Smallen), Bob (Daina McAllister) and Mary Jane (John Rogers); and five grandchildren, Billy, David, Zak, Molly and Sheridan. He was preceded in death by parents, F.D. and Olive Helm; sister, Nonnie Williams; and grandsons, Alec and Brett Thomas.