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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:17

Wilmer L. Helm of Grafton was born to eternal life on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at the age of 92.  
He was born to Arthur and Olga (nee Schroeder) Helm on March 26, 1925, in Cedarburg.  
He married the late Rita (nee Davies) Helm on May 27, 1950, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville, and together they had four children.
Wilmer was raised in Saukville, where he and his family were  members of St. Peter’s UCC. He attended Port Washington High School. His father passed away when Wilmer was 14, at which time he became a farmhand to help his family.  When he was 18, he and his twin brother Willard were drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  
After serving in the military, he and his wife raised their family in Saukville and later moved to Grafton. They enjoyed spending time with their family and especially the grandchildren.  Their interests included RV camping, fishing, ceramics and gardening.  
Wilmer worked for the Ozaukee County Highway Department and retired as superintendent of the Grafton Public Works Department on Dec. 31, 1987.  
After retiring, Wilmer and Rita moved to Wausaukee, where his family enjoyed spending time on the lake.  When Rita passed away, Wilmer moved back to Grafton and lived with his daughter Debbie.  
He belonged to the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 in Saukville for more than 70 years and is the last charter member.  Wilmer and his son Scott very much enjoyed participating in the Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  
He was a hard worker with a wonderful sense of humor that his family will always treasure.
Wilmer is survived by his children Debra Helm, Diane (Ron) Jahn and Scott Helm; grandchildren Matthew, Kevin and James Jahn and Justin (Danielle) and Brittany Helm; great-granddaughter Quinn Willow Helm; sister-in-law Donna (Clarence) Clontz; and brothers-in-law John (Carol) Davies and Sami Davies.   
He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Rita; his infant son Dennis; siblings Evelyn (Wilmer) Moegenburg, Lucille (Edward) Rinn, Ruth (Leroy) Kertscher, Arthur (Jean) Helm, Willard Helm, Janet (Donald) Jacoby, Robert Helm and Donald Helm; and siblings-in-law Darlene (Edward) Gavin, Richard Davies and Linda (Rick) Hubbard.
A funeral service for Wilmer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg, 1167 Washington Ave., with Mark Gierach presiding.  
The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday from 4:30 p.m. until the service, with an American Legion walk-through at 6:15 p.m. Military honors will take place immediately following the service.  
Wilmer will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Grafton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc., P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074 are appreciated.
A special thanks to the nursing staff on the third floor at Aurora Grafton Medical Center and to the Aurora Home Care Hospice staff for their loving care and support.
Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is honored to assist the family.  
On-line condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

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