Raymond Helzer Obituary

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Raymond L. Helzer

August 23, 1926 - March 27, 2014
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Raymond "Ray" Helzer, 87, of Greeley, went home to be with his Lord on March 27, 2014 at Fairacres Manor. He was born August 23, 1926 in Windsor, Colorado to Conrad and Katherine (Kindsfater) Helzer. He attended school in Bracewell. Ray's fondest memories were relatives, neighbors and playing with his beloved family. He enjoyed his horses and 4-H; winning honors with his hog that he exhibited. World War II broke out and he was drafted into the Army in October 1945. While in Yokohama, Japan he was a cook; his platoon's mission was to clean out the caves at the end of the war. While there a young Japanese boy and his sister were...
Raymond "Ray" Helzer, 87, of Greeley, went home to be with his Lord on March 27, 2014 at Fairacres Manor. He was born August 23, 1926 in Windsor, Colorado to Conrad and Katherine (Kindsfater) Helzer. He attended school in Bracewell.

Ray's fondest memories were relatives, neighbors and playing with his beloved family. He enjoyed his horses and 4-H; winning honors with his hog that he exhibited. World War II broke out and he was drafted into the Army in October 1945. While in Yokohama, Japan he was a cook; his platoon's mission was to clean out the caves at the end of the war. While there a young Japanese boy and his sister were found going thru the garbage can; Ray requested that the young man, Tony, help in the kitchen. He was always thankful he could help anyone in need.


While in Japan his mother passed away September 12, 1946, his life was changed forever. Her last letter was written September 5, 1946 and was delivered to him after her burial. After his service, he returned to farm life and worked for his father.

He met Florence Miller in 1947 while attending a surprise birthday party for her. They were married November 30, 1947. Their journey together carried them through 66 years and 4 months. During their married life they welcomed their daughter Judy in January 1950. Florence's father passed away suddenly and they welcomed Florence's two siblings Darlene and Harvey into their home. Ray always considered them to be his children; Judy accepted them with open arms. In 1970 they welcomed their son-in-law Jim Scofield into the family, followed by two grandsons Shane and Ryan. Ray was so proud of his grandsons; they were the joy of his life. They are equally fond of him.

While farming Ray was awarded 2 years of the High Ten Beet Grower. Bob Singer asked Ray if he could nominate him for Young Farmer of The Year and he declined the offer. Ray loved to feed sheep and cattle on the farm. When his farming career ended he went into selling livestock equipment and later went into real estate. He loved people; everyone was Ray's friend.

Ray was a faithful attendee of Our Savior's Lutheran Church; he helped in the building of the church at its present location. He served on the board at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush for two terms and enjoyed that position very much. In 2003 he traveled with family to Germany in search of genealogy on Florence's side of the family. He saw the origination of the family from Germany before their migration to Russia.

Ray is survived by his wife Florence; daughter Judy and husband Jim Scofield of Greeley, two grandsons Shane Scofield and Ryan Scofield all of Greeley ; Darlene (Miller) and husband Bill Honstein of Greeley; Harvey Miller and wife Susanna Leubcke of Berlin, Germany. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Reynolds (George); sisters-in-law Lois Miller, Wilma Helzer, Lori Helzer, and Darlene Helzer; brother-in-law Roy Miller and many beloved nieces and nephews. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Katherine, and brothers, Harold, Ed, Le Roy, Rich and Marvin; sister-in-law Janette Miller, Dorothy Helzer, Rosemarie Helzer and brother-in-law John Miller.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 3 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church or Fairacres Manor in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.

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