Helmuth E. Meyhoefer

February 1, 1939March 21, 2018
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Helmuth E. Meyhoefer, 1939-2018, age 79, of Massapequa, New York. Beloved husband of Nancy. Loving father of Douglas (Melissa) . Paul (Jennifer) . Karen (Jonathan). Cherished grandfather of Kyle . Maxwell . Wesley . Reece . Geena . Tatum . Morgan and Alexa. Adored brother of Charlotte . Kurt . Robert and the late Eric.

In lieu of flowers in Fond Memory of Helmuth donations will be appreciated to

Wycliffe Foundation P.O. Box 620486 Orland, FL 32862-0486

- Designation donations to - Bruce & Carolyn Young

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~ Visitation will be held on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ~ Religious Service will be held in the Chapel Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. ~

Private Family Viewing on Tuesday morning ~ Leaving at 10:30 a.m. for the Entombment at Pinelawn Memorial Park Cemetery . Pinelawn Road . Farmingdale . New York 11735 ~

~ The staff of James Funeral Home would like to thank you for the honor and privilege of serving your family and with our most sincere condolences and continued support to you. ~

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of James Funeral Home, 540 Broadway, Massapequa, New York.

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  • Religious Service Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Entombment at Pinelawn Memorial Park Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Helmuth E. Meyhoefer

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Hugh Hawkins

April 5, 2018

Hank was one of those pilots you always wanted to fly with. He was always there, on time, but never in a hurry. His leadership made you feel more than just a co pilot, you were part of the family. We've lost a good one this year.

Bill Kretzschmar

March 28, 2018

My friend Helmy was the rarest of individuals. We met when I, as a brand new guy out of flight training, was assigned to his Marine Helicopter Squadron in North Carolina in 1962 . How lucky for me that was! We discovered common threads and Helmy took me under his wing (rotor?). We were both single and from Brooklyn, both fairly junior in rank, and we had both successfully completed the arduous and challenging 18 month Marine Aviation Cadet program in Pensacola, Florida that resulted in getting our 2nd lieutenant bars land Naval Aviator Wings of Gold.
Now we were in a squadron that would soon deploy to the Far East for 13 months, with the final 6 being in Vietnam. Helmy was a tremendous asset to the unit - every squadron should have a Helmy! His antics, his pranks, his entertainment (especially his singing!) sustained our morale throughout the tour. When he sang his wonderful rendition of 'Danny Boy' at the officers club it never failed to bring down the house.
He had a zest for life, his philosophy seeming to be life was meant for having fun. He excelled at his vocation, flying, be it military or airline, and attacked with a passion his other endeavours be they sailing, skiing, or even home brewing.
I could relate several anecdotes but space does not permit me. But I will tell just one.
Helmy brought his personality to everything he did, including flying for American Airlines. He would occasionally make his passenger announcements in a contrived, thick German accent. One day he told his passengers that they would soon hear a loud noise as he extended the 'rollers' (landing gear). He continued on saying they should not be concerned about this noise but if he forgot to put down the rollers the noise would be much worse when they touched down and that is when their concern would be justified.
Helmuth will be missed. I suspect the morale is pretty good in heaven but Helmy will surely find ways to add to it.

Andrea Marino

March 27, 2018

Our family was devastated to hear of Helmuth's passing. David and Helmuth stood next to each other in the Choir and Helmuth was one of the kindest, most compassionate, beautiful Christian men we had ever met. He would always send David funny emails and Godly emails and was very kind to everyone. Our friendship and memories will always be treasured. He is sitting with Jesus right now. Prayers for comfort for Nancy and family. We loved Helmuth and will miss him greatly. God bless you. Sleep in peace, our dear friend.

Miriam Lopez Meyhoefer

March 26, 2018

Remembering Helmy brings back thoughts of wonderful family gatherings. I remember Helmy and Nancy's wedding, the first I saw at our new church in Brooklyn. Little did I know then I was to marrry his brother there later on. Helmy & Nancy hosted our wedding reception at their lovely home. He made a fantastic lobster bisque followed by a great meal. Always been grateful for that. Then there were many more family gatherings that Helmy & Nancy so graciously hosted. Christmastime with the kids was always a fun time, lots of laughter, singing and good food.
One time Helmy invited me on his catamaran, wow that was exciting. I was so impressed with his skills. I'm so thankful for all the great memories.
To Nancy & Family, know that you're all in my prayers and I'm with you in spirit at this diffucult time. What a beautiful tribute to a great guy. Thanks.
Rest in peace dear brother Helmuth.
All my love,

Lucia Spielberg

March 26, 2018

Although, no words can help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. While I did not have the good fortune to know Helmuth personally, it is evident that he led quite a wonderful life and built a beautiful family. Cherish the happy memories and he will live on through you in your hearts and in your minds. Please accept my prayers during this difficult time - Lucia Spielberg

Eric Meyhoefer

March 24, 2018

It was such a shock to hear the news of Uncle Helmy's passing. He will always be remembered as a cherished Uncle to me growing up and more recently as my email buddy for sharing a funny and a laugh. And let it be known, that despite the fact that taking a "selfie" is all the craze today, it was Uncle Helmy who was doing it way before the cell phone made it so easy & popular!

Although my family & I will not be able to attend the services in person, we will be there in spirit, thinking and praying for all the family as you transition through this time.

All of our love,
Eric, Ruth & Kate Meyhoefer

Sandra Wohlfarth/Wild

March 24, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of my Uncle Helmey, he was also my godfather.
It’s been many years since I’ve seen any members of this family. I send my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I have great memories of the times when my family used to go to his house in Massapequa. We’d all go out on his catamaran and have dinner together.
And oh my God, the pranks he used to pull, absolutely hysterical! He was a very funny man and I will never forget him.
The memorial video was beautiful and the song edelweiss, so fitting. May you rest in peace Uncle Helmey

Melissa Meyhoefer

March 24, 2018

Lisa Kirwin

March 23, 2018

I think God broke the mold after Uncle Helmie! What a great guy. I always had a good laugh when visiting with him. My favorite memory was skiing out West with the family and him making Bratwurst and getting me to try his sauerkraut for the very first time. I realized I actually do like sauerkraut.

Enjoyed seeing all the photos! My condolences Nancy and to the whole family. He will be missed!!! Minnesota hugs to all!
Lisa (Sauer) Kirwin