Freddie Helmcamp Obituary

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Freddie Danforth Helmcamp

October 5, 1923 - December 10, 2012
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Fred Helmcamp passed away early Monday morning, December 10, 2012, during a peaceful night's sleep at his home. A graveside Celebration of Life service with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, in Texas State Veterans Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene. Mr. Helmcamp was raised in LaGrange, Texas. He enlisted in the Navy at seventeen in 1941. Fred was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He always said – "he became a man" - early in the morning that day. Fred continued serving active military duty during the Korean and beginning of the Vietnam wars. He...
Fred Helmcamp passed away early Monday morning, December 10, 2012, during a peaceful night's sleep at his home.

A graveside Celebration of Life service with Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, in Texas State Veterans Cemetery, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory, Abilene.

Mr. Helmcamp was raised in LaGrange, Texas. He enlisted in the Navy at seventeen in 1941. Fred was stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He always said – "he became a man" - early in the morning that day. Fred continued serving active military duty during the Korean and beginning of the Vietnam wars. He was discharged in May 1962.

After his retirement, Fred made his home in Lubbock, Texas where he worked for Hemphill Wells Department Store and Bradley Lumber Company. He was an avid bowler and was a member of the Lubbock Bowling Association, Texas Bowling Association, and American Bowling Congress. Fred bowled a 300 game in 1971 which was the thrill of a lifetime.

In 1984, Mr. Helmcamp married Dorothy Blocker. They moved to Abilene, Texas to make their home together. Fred took care of his wife during a lengthily illness. After her death, he continued bowling and was a member of the Abilene Bowling Association. He worked part-time at Cobb Park Senior Center. Fred was a member of Elmwood West United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his step-daughter, Marty Bush and husband, Jim, of Waco; two grandchildren, Brad Bush and wife, Tara, of Dallas and Missi Bush Krause and husband, Kyle, of Richmond, Texas. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren, James, Jonathan, Nicholas, Grace, David, Juliana, Caroline, and Jaclyn.

Memorials may be made to Cobb Park Senior Center, 2302 State Street, Abilene, Texas 79603.

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