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James Helm

JAMES R. "JIM" HELM, age 94, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024 at the Clark County Living & Rehab Center in Owen, WI.  Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, with Rev. Emmanuel Famiyeh officiating.  Burial will take place in the parish cemetery at a later date.  Visitation will be held at the church, on Tuesday, from 10:30am until time of service.

James Robert Helm was born on December 24, 1929, in Loyal, WI, the son of Axel J. and Frances M. (Bauer) Helm.  He was raised and received his education in Loyal, where he graduated from Loyal High School.  Jim was united in marriage to Delores R. Pieper on October 26, 1949 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal.  He was a life-long resident of Loyal, where he worked as the foreman for the Loyal Canning Company for many years, and then later owned and operated the House of Spirits liquor store.  For a number of years, he was an alderman and served as mayor of Loyal.

In his retirement he enjoyed driving escort on highways for oversize semi-truck loads, and loved camping, fishing, golfing, and traveling in his RV.

Jim was an active member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church his whole life.

He is survived by his daughters: Sandra (Jeff) Sommers of Jonesborough, TN, and Shelly (Dennis) Stein of Appleton; four grandchildren: Craig (Kelly) Sommers, Chris (Kelli) Sommers, Kelsey (Adam) Kienert, and Matthew Stein; four great grandchildren: Malakai Sommers, Carey Sommers, Caley Sommers, and Lyla Kienert; his special friend, Darlene Lucht; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores, on October 30, 1971; one son Randy, on November 23, 1998; one daughter, Sharon Fidler, on January 30, 2009; four sisters: Marie and Angeline Helm, Florence Christensen, and Delores Adair; three brothers: Herbert, Arthur, and Richard Helm; as well as his significant other of 25 years, Marie Shupe.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.

Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.

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