Harry Lee Helms


Lakeview – Harry Lee Helms, age 84, of Lakeview, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Bell Tower Senior Apartments in Lakeview, Michigan. Harry was born in Lakeview on the family farm on November 8, 1932, the son of Richard and Agnes (Cooper) Helms. He was raised in Lakeview and graduated from Lakeview High School Class of 1953.

Harry was employed by Federal Mogul his senior year. He was a Milk Man, and worked at the Lakeview Elevator. Harry was employed for over 35 years by “GE” Hitachi until his retirement in 1991.

Harry married Maxine Hazelton, his loving wife of 62 years, on January 24, 1954 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Lakeview, and had four boys.

Harry was a gifted baseball player.  He played for Lakeview Independents from the age of 16 as Pitcher, then slow pitch softball. He also bowled, golfed, enjoyed deer hunting, and woodworking. Harry continued his love for baseball by coaching his son’s teams. He was inducted into the Mecosta Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Harry will be missed by his wife Maxine Helms of Lakeview; four sons James (Christine) Helms, Terry (Kathleen) Helms, Lonny Helms, and John (Lisa) Helms all of Lakeview; one sister Jane Eldred of Blanchard; two brother-in-law’s Richard Rees, and Arnold Hazelton both of Greenville; sister-in-law Vera Helms of Trufant; eight grandchildren Shawn (Lynn) Helms of Allendale, Brandon (Elizabeth) Helms of Allegan, Ashley (Dan) Leyder of Stanwood, Troy Helms, and Matthew Helms both of Lakeview, Adam Helms of Grand Rapids, Jason Helms of Kansas City, MO, and Jon (Stephanie) Helms of Grand Rapids; six great-grandchildren Harrison, and Charli Helms, Clayton, and Patrick Helms, Cru Leyder, and Jon L. Helms; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Agnes Helms; six sisters and five brothers Martha (Clayton) Raglin, Ernest (Bertha) Helms, Dean (Jean) Helms, Lela (Rea) Culey, Lowell (Francis) Helms, Laura Helms, Max (Betty) Helms, Maxine Helms, Ettabelle (Elmer) Fryover, Lynn Helms, LaVern Eldred, and Joyce Rees.

Funeral Services for Harry will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 at Brigham Funeral Chapel (9977 W. Howard City-Edmore Rd., Lakeview, MI 48850) with Pastor David England officiating. The family will be accepting visitors on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. All are invited to share memories at a luncheon following the service at New Life United Methodist Church in Six Lakes, Michigan. Burial will be private. Those wishing to contribute in Harry’s memory, may make checks payable to his wife Maxine.

Condolences to the family may be made utilizing the guestbook below.




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  • Dallas & Nancy Hamilton (Tuesday, November 29 16 12:31 pm EST)

    Uncle Harry was very special to us. Love you. Praying for comfort for the immediate family.

  • Richard & Lisa Post (Tuesday, November 29 16 01:27 pm EST)

    I will miss the pink flamingos appearing in my yard every summer..Godspeed. ..So sorry for your loss.

  • George & Carol Allen (Tuesday, November 29 16 04:50 pm EST)

    Many happy memories of Harry.

  • Marcie Helms (Tuesday, November 29 16 11:17 pm EST)

    There are so many things I will miss but most of all is seeing him at the family reunions. Prayers to everyone.

  • Sarah A. Dishong-Perez (Wednesday, November 30 16 08:24 am EST)

    Very grateful of the time I spent with Harry. He was always happy and uplifting. He would often share his stories of raising kids, his golfing and bowling, and his most precious pictures of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thank You Harry.

  • Teresa Claussen (Wednesday, November 30 16 08:32 am EST)

    So many memories of living across the road for Harry and Maxine, but most of them revolve around playing baseball on his field with the boys and Harry. Miss you

  • Tammie Dykhouse (Wednesday, November 30 16 02:21 pm EST)

    To me childhood=family=Uncle Harry's house for reunions and Christmas Eve. I will always remember our chats about his game with Satchel Paige. At the last reunion we "won" one of his beautiful wood vases in the family auction. It is something we will look at every day and think of him.

  • Helen Wilkinson Taylor (Wednesday, November 30 16 02:25 pm EST)

    Heartfelt sympathy to all of the Helms' family in their loss. Remembering the time when Harry played ball with the Lakeview Independents. Harry was always a happy, smiling guy! The Helms' family was a part of my childhood back in the day - so many memories. So Happy you all have each other to get thru the sorrow. Sending this message in God's Love.

  • Carolyn and Raymond Muessman (Wednesday, November 30 16 07:27 pm EST)

    Our deepest sympathy for the Family.

  • Rachelle Wood (Wednesday, November 30 16 10:06 pm EST)

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family. He was a truly Great Uncle and will be dearly missed. Keeping you all in my thoughts.

  • Michael McKelvey (Thursday, December 01 16 08:58 am EST)

    Sending prayer for entire family..

  • Britt (Lebeck) McCarthy (Friday, December 02 16 04:15 am EST)

    I will always remember Harry for his "Love of the Game". Baseball, softball and bowling Harry and my dad gave it back to the community in ways that still mean something. My condolences to his family.

  • Christine Helms (Friday, December 02 16 07:43 am EST)

    Uncle Harry will always be remembered as one great person. He would always share concern and offer help if needed to everyone!! LOVE YOU😭😭😭😭

  • Steve Willison (Friday, December 02 16 07:55 am EST)

    Harry was a great neighbor...will miss seeing him.

  • Paula (Carper) Geister (Monday, December 12 16 09:16 pm EST)

    Through the years, the Helms family made our family part of theirs after Dean, my father's Army buddy, convinced him and my mother to move to Michigan. I have many memories of monthly celebrations at their home. It's gratifying to know that, even though I no longer live in the area, my son has Helms boys as friends. God bless the Helms family, one and all.

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