Gary Lee Helbert

June 11, 1945 ~ February 12, 2020 (age 74)


Gary Lee Helbert, 74, of rural Hayesville, passed away Wednesday February 12, 2020 at OhioHealth

Riverside Methodist Hospital, due to complications from surgery. He was born June 11, 1945 in

Ashland County the son of Paul and Glenna Cornelius Helbert. Gary was a 1963 graduate of

Hayesville High School and graduated from NCTC with an associates degree in Engineering. He was a

U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict on the USS Saratoga. Gary farmed all of his life, and

retired from General Motors in the Waste Treatment Division. He was a member of the Calvary

Baptist Church and Mohican Valley Gold Wing Chapter V. Gary enjoyed nature whether it be working

the land, hunting or cutting firewood, however his love for his God and Family were the most

important things in his life.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Wise Helbert to whom he was married April 14, 2007, a daughter,

Billie (Gerald) Richter of Jeromesville, a step-daughter, Erin (Matt) Craw of Bellville, a step-

son, Ian (Mindy) Metcalf of Lexington, five grandchildren, Jaxon Richter, Cleo Craw, Brooks

Craw, Colton Metcalf and Caleb Metcalf, two brothers, Tom (Janet) Helbert of Nye, Montana and

William (Sharlene) Helbert of Ashland, his mother-in-law, Joyce Wise Perry (Richard Kuhn), two

brothers-in-law, Willie Wise, and Tony (Paula) Wise, and a sister-in-law, Connie (Gary) Barr all of

Bellville and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his 1st wife, Jeannette Lee Helbert on October 21, 2004, a

daughter, Molly Helbert on July 16, 1990 and a great nephew, Logan Busch on March 8, 2006.

Services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday February 18, 2020 in the barn at Mohican Gardens with Pastor

Harry Strachan and Clint Knight, Gary’s nephew, officiating. The family asks that friends and family

dress warm and casual, as the barn is not heated. Burial will be in Vermillion Cemetery where the

Ashland Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

Friends may call Monday February 17, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church in Ashland from 4-7pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church 210 Davis Road Ashland, OH 44805.

Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family with arrangements.

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February 17, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Calvary Baptist Church (Ashl)

Funeral Service
February 18, 2020

11:00 AM
Mohican Gardens
374 State Route 95
Loudonville, OH 44842

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