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Keith Albert Helfer

Keith Albert Helfer, age 85, of Taylorville, departed this life on April 13, 2020.  Born in Taylor Springs, IL, on October 25, 1934, he was the son of the late Allie M. and Catherine Z. (Perrigo) Helfer.  Keith attended Taylorville schools; he was in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1958 and served aboard the USS General A. E. Anderson, based in Guam.

Keith was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Decatur, IL, and later at Freeman Crown Mine at Farmersville, IL.  Keith enjoyed traveling.  He was an avid sports fan, attending many area high school, U of I, and professional games.  His favorite team was the St. Louis Cardinals.  In retirement Keith was active with the Red Cross.  He helped with food distribution in New York after the 9/11 attack, again in 2003 after Hurricane Isabel struck Virginia, and in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.  Keith was a member of AMVETS and Tyrian Lodge #333 AF & AM, Springfield. 

Keith was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Erma Mundy.  He is survived by sisters Elaine (Thomas) Taylor, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Mary-Kay (Charles) Stanfield, Crete, IL; by stepchildren Lee Anne Kinsella, Brad Kinsella, Pat Kinsella, and Scott Kinsella.  He is further survived by brother-in-law Gene Mundy, Phoenix, AZ; several nieces and nephews, and several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Keith’s many longtime friends for their concern and support during his treatment for cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Please consider an act of kindness as a memoriam to Keith.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Sorry to learn of Keith's passing. He was a very good man! He will be missed by those who were blessed to have crossed his path in this lifetime! May God Bless & Keep Him...RIP Keith

Kerry Ward Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

Papa was always there for my children and for me from our very beginning( the boys and myself) Every other summer Papa, my boys and I would take a road trip see a caves, house on the rock in the dells... ect. just as long as we hit that blacktop. We were blessed with frequent visits from Papa, seen him just about every week and closer towards the end a couple times a week. When he first was dignosed, he took me to dew chilli parler and he showed me his paper work. I started getting upset reading that damn word maglignant. He told me some bs about being no cancer. He knew and so did I, of course. I went with him to dr visits til he got irritated bc they switched the apt on him without his knowledge. Papa get fed up but it never lasted long. He was the kind of man not only loyal, nonjudging, even if he didn't understand or disagreed completely. He taught me unconditional love and how to see the big picture, not get hung up on the little things in the moment. I am a richer soul for knowing him.

Casandra lee Kinsella Apr 18 2020 12:00 AM

RIP Keith and prayers to the family. Keith was a great guy with a lot of good to offer to anyone. Thanks for your service to our country. Enjoyed our rides to UMWA rallies in Washington and Ohio. See ya on the other side, my friend.

Tom Clark Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

The world has lost a wonderful man. Such a good caring person. Everyone liked Keith. Keith, you will be missed, and thought fondly of. R.I.P.

JoAnn Dobyns Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

Jordan and I will miss you. You've been a good friend for many years. Rest in Peace!

Sheryl-Jordan Podeschi Apr 17 2020 12:00 AM

Keith was a good man and close family friend. He was one of my dads (Bernard Martin) best friends and he has helped me tremendously with the Christian County Coal Mining Museum. Men like Keith cannot be replaced.

Chuck Martin Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM