James Helt

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jim grew up near Yellowstone park, where he became an avid outdoors man, Eagle Scout and rock collector. He joined the US Air Force, served for over 22 years, four tours in Vietnam, he was the guy dropped behind ‘enemy lines’ to rescue downed pilots. His heroic actions earned two purple hearts. He was a world traveler. He attained his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics & Mechanical engineering.

Jim was a longtime resident of Carroll county, mostly the Hogscald area. After retiring, he became a blacksmith with a desire for bending metal. Jim was always eager to help, he was just the guy you wanted to see during an ice storm, pulling you out of a ditch or bringing your groceries. Jim had that can-do attitude! With his sunny disposition, when asked how he was, he would tell you, “I’m excellent to wonderful!” He was much more interested in those around him than himself.

Four years ago, he and his lovely bride of 38 years, moved to Berryville. The traveling and adventures continued! He loved music! Jim was always up for an outing or great book! His Love for people and desire to help never waned. However, the collection did; flashlights, pocketknives and travel mugs, were it!

Jim is a gem! He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by love, prayer and the music he so enjoyed! His life was well lived!

He is survived by his wife Vicki, children: Kim Marrazzo, Rick Helt, Sean McCanless, Heather Hyatt, Kyla Price and their spouses, siblings: Siska Mosher and Scott Neider. Grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, countless friends he considered family! Oh, and Charley his cat! He was preceded in death by his parents. Donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation.