Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Maurice Swayze Helmka Jr.
August 18, 1931 – September 23, 2019
Maurice Swayze Helmka Jr., 88, of Harrisburg, MO, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019, at The Bluffs in Columbia, MO, surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Memorial Funeral Home from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Stuart officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors.
Maurice was born on August 18, 1931 in Neptune, NJ, the son of Maurice Sr. and Elva (Reid) Helmka who preceded him in death. He was married on March 3, 1956 in Spring Lake Heights, NJ to Lorraine (Bittel) Helmka who survives the home. Maurice retired on January 28, 1988 from the United States Postal Service as a city mail carrier in Columbia, MO.
Maurice honorably served our country in the United States Navy from 1950-1954, stationed in the Philippines and later in San Nick Island, CA as a Radio Control Man. He was a volunteer firefighter in Neptune City, NJ, where he later became Chief in 1969. He and his family moved to Harrisburg, MO in 1970.
Maurice was active in Prison Fellowship in Jefferson City, MO and Moberly, MO. Maurice was a Sunday school teacher and Deacon at Grace Bible Church. Maurice and Lorraine were licensed Foster Parents to several children whom they shared their home, hearts, and family with. Together, they owned and operated a used furniture business in Harrisburg. Many of Maurice and Lorraine’s furniture customers became extended family, sharing coffee and meals with them in their home. Maurice and Lorraine always had a way of making sure everyone felt welcome.
Maurice loved the Lord with ALL of his heart, sharing his love for the Lord in his final days here on earth. Maurice also dearly loved his family and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them. Maurice was known for his award winning smile that he continually shared with his family until he was called home. Throughout Maurice’s life, he was most comforted when Lorraine was right beside him. Maurice and Lorraine’s marriage was a wonderful example of true love.
Other survivors include: Six children; Robert Helmka (Kem) of Ashland, MO, Stephen Helmka (Robin) of Lake Ozark, MO, Maurice “Marty” Helmka III (Patty) of Hallsville, MO, Sharon McCallister (Alan) of Harrisburg, MO, Brian Helmka (Gwen) of Festus, MO and Roger Helmka (Clover) of Columbia, MO; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.
- In addition to his wife, Lorraine, Maurice is survived by six children; Robert Helmka (Kem) of Ashland, MO, Stephen Helmka (Robin) of Lake Ozark, MO, Maurice “Marty” Helmka III (Patty) of Hallsville, MO, Sharon McCallister (Alan) of Harrisburg, MO, Brian Helmka (Gwen) of Festus, MO and Roger Helmka (Clover) of Columbia, MO; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
- Justin Helmka
- Daniel Helmka
- Maurice “Reece” Helmka, IV
- Ryan Helmka
- Tom Quintana
- Vic Winn
- Josh Tegtmeier, Honorary
- Josh Reynolds, Honorary
- Harold Hildreth, Honorary
- Damon Thunhorst, Honorary
- Cliff Helmka, Honorary
- Tommy Quintana, Honorary
- Robert Helmka, Honorary
- Maurice Helmka, III, Honorary
- Sharon McCallister, Honorary
- Brian Helmka, Honorary
- Roger Helmka, Honorary
St. Jude Childrens Hospital
c/o Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 W , Columbia, MO 65202
- Visitation Thursday, September 26, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, September 26, 2019
Maurice Swayze Helmka Jr.
curtis [buster] heft
September 25, 2019
Lorraine and family we are sorry to hear that cousin Maurice has passed away it has been a long time since we where to your house for a Helmka family reunion Our condolences Buster & Dee Heft
September 24, 2019
So sorry to hear that cousin Maurice has passed. Didn't see him but a few times, but we shared a birthday. My condolences to Lorraine and all of his family. Judy (Heft) Hamernik. The last MI reunion was at our house