Darwin Lee Helmbold

January 6, 1929August 25, 2018

Helmbold, Darwin Lee, age 92, of Centerville, OH passed away on August 25. He is survived by his wife of 21 years Pat Howard, 2 daughters, Pamela Rheingans (Randy Rheingans) of Peoria, AZ and Deborah Helmbold (Ron Bolander) of Bowling Green, OH, 2 sons, Stephen Helmbold (Carol Lovercio) of Carlsbad, CA and Gary Helmbold of Mesa, AZ, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Phyllis Jean (Witters) Helmbold. A Navy veteran he became a teacher working at his Alma Mater, Stivers High School and later Belmont High School for 30 years. In retirement he was proud to have worked on many homes for Habitat for Humanity in both St. Petersburg, FL and Dayton, OH. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Tobias Funeral Home, 648 Watervliet Ave, in the Belmont area of Dayton, OH. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Hospice of Dayton or your local Hospice Organization.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Darwin Lee Helmbold

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Kenneth May

September 14, 2018

I just got back from vacation and saw the notice about Mr. Helmbold. Though it's been over 50 years since I had him for General Science at Belmont High, I still consider him my all time favorite teacher. This my sound funny, but I think of him nearly every day, and I called him a couple of years ago to tell him so. I distinctly remember his admonishment in 1963 to never sick anything in your ear bigger than a washcloth around your little finger, and I have never forgotten that, or how he spoke and carried himself. He was such a great man, and I told him that way back then I often wished that I had a Dad like him. I will continue to remember him in my thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace. Ken May

Marjorie Lothian

September 6, 2018

Darwin and Phyllis were wonderful neighbors at Southwinds for many years. I have great memories of all the fun times we had together, especially through the Shrine.