WICHITA - Jerry Lee Helm, 79, former Maize High School assistant principal, passed away and went to coach and teach in heaven on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Jerry was born and raised in Spivey, Kan., where he became known as the “Spivey Flash”.
He graduated from Attica High School in 1956.
Jerry then attended Pratt Junior College. He graduated from Bethany College while playing both football and baseball. He also completed his Master’s degree from Northwest Oklahoma State University, Alva, Okla.
In 1962, Jerry began his 37 year teaching and coaching career.
Starting out in Zenda for two years, Attica for 10 years and the final 25 years in Maize.
During his tenure at Maize, he married Joan Newberry-Helm.
They lived in Wellington, for a good number of years.
Jerry was a beloved husband, encouraging dad, and caring grandfather. He had the great ability of instilling character traits into the young people he taught and coached. He was always about building relationships.
Jerry was also a player’s coach, great teammate and a best friend to all. He was full of life, and lived life to its fullest, with a smile on his face.
Jerry loved to play jokes on people and had a voice and a laugh-type giggle that could never be mistaken and always remembered.
He loved family, his wife, his sons, and especially his grandkids.
Jerry had a love for sports, fishing, visits with his grandkids, the casino slots and would never pass up a Coke from anyone.
He was a great mentor and friend and has created a legacy that will last for many years to come.
Jerry will be greatly missed.
Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Iva; siblings, Fern Selicknow, Wilber, Charles, Raymond and Donald Helm; stepson, Mike Newberry.
Survivors: wife, Joan Newberry-Helm; sons, Rocky (Laura) Helm of Wichita, Rob (Sher) Helm of Maize; sister, Rachel Mark; brothers, Lotus, Arlow and Kenny Helm; grandchildren, Kayln, Colton, Kyler, Jordon, Karis and Landon; stepsons, Randy (Becky) Newberry, Dennis (Penny) Newberry; seven step-grandchildren; 19 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorial established with Jerry Helm Memorial Scholarship, c/o Heartland Credit Union, 3777 N. Maize Rd. Wichita, KS 67205.
Visitation with the family, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, Downing & Lahey Mortuary West.
Visitation with the family, 10-11 a.m. with service at 11 a.m., Friday, July 14, Riverlawn Christian Church, 4243 N. Meridian Ave., Wichita, KS 67204, followed by a Graveside Service, 4 p.m., Attica Cemetery.
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