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David "Pat" Helfrich

Atwood Herald of Atwood, Illinois

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David "Pat" Helfrich, 63, of Hammond, passed away at 11:15 p.m., Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, urbana.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 66 East US Highway 36 Atwood. Rev. Linda Pey-officiated. Visitation was from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 P.m., Saturday at the funeral 1 some. Burial was in the Hammond Cemetery, Hammond. -Pat was born on October 11, 1950 in Grand Rapids, MN, the son of H.M. "Lucky" and Grayce L. Johnson Helfrich. He married Barbara Jean McLain on September 2, 1986 in Mon-ello. She survives.

Others survivors include his son: Chris (Cassaundra) Hel-ch of Clinton; daughter: Tracy Lynn Helfrich of Las Vegas, NV; stepson: Will Thomas Forster, III of Pampa, TX; grand-n: Hunter Helfrich, 2 granddaughters, brothers: Howard Nichael (Teresa) Helfrich of Mahomet, Robert Edward (Pau-) Helfrich of Alpharetta, GA, Bruce Lynn (Judy) Helfrich Versailles, KY, Daniel Lee (Mary) Helfrich of rural Ham-ond; nieces: Tara, Heather, Christa, Katie, Sarah Grayce and Kayla, nephews: Seth, Matt and Benjamin, great-nieces and great-nephews: Christian; Lily & Ellery; Christian & pucy; MacKenzie; and Kaia & Drew. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pat was a highly respected, accomplished Senior Pipeline Inspector. He participated in critical natural gas and petro-llum pipeline projects throughout the United States. For a number of years Pat's expertise and abilities were utilized internationally, requiring overseas residences including in the Baku Azerbaijan area of Russia and the Antofagasta area of Chile.

Pat was a life-long member of the Hammond United Methodist Church. He graduated from Atwood-Hammond High School in 1968.

Memorials are suggested to the Hammond United Methodist Church.

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2014

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