WOODRUFF, Wis. — John Edward Helbling, 67, Safety Harbor, Fla., and Woodruff, Wis., passed from this earth unexpectedly Friday (Sept. 7, 2012) at Minocqua, Wis.

His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Service, Wauwatosa, Wis. A reception will follow the service. Interment will be at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa, Va. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. Saturday until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

John was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Pa., son of Raymond and Mary Doyle Helbling. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years, Nancy Mae Schnoll Helbling. He later happily married Judy Archer Helbling on July 7, 2007. She survives. 

He is also survived by his son, Howard (Laura) Helbling; and his stepsons, Alan (Debbie) Archer and Jay (Mindy) Archer. He was the proud grandpa of Nathan and Heather Helbling and Patrick and Emily Archer; and cherished brother of Raymond (late Virginia), Donna Bartsch, Barbara Sobolewski (Ron) and Kerry Hughes. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

John proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years. His duty stations included many in the United States and around the world. John was granted many prestigious awards over the course of his military career. John retired from the U.S. Navy in 1996 at the rank of senior chief (MMCS).

John was later employed at Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington, in the power plant maintenance department until retirement. 

He was truly an exceptional man, generous in nature and he touched the lives of everyone he met. He will greatly be missed by all who knew him.

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