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Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home

123 Newlin Street, Port Lavaca, TX

OBITUARY

Y Z Helms Jr.

January 24, 1925July 11, 2020

Y Z Helms, Jr., 95, of Seadrift passed away July 11, 2020. He was born January 24, 1925, in Seadrift to Y Z Helms, Sr. and Mary Belle Epley Helms. He worked as a commercial fisherman and served in Europe in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He is survived by his children Candance “Candy” Ritch (Jack), Y Z “Rusty” Helms III, Catherine Sullivan (Paul), and William Randall “Randy” Helms; brothers, Leon Helms and Donnie Helms; grandchildren, Nikki Silvers (Doug), N’Seana Ritch, Hilary Braun, and Kolten Braun; 5 great-grandchildren, Rylie Ritch, Brady Silvers, Jack Silvers, Ava Silvers, and Alayna Conat. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Katherine Jennings, Irene McAlister, and Mary Louise McCown; and brothers, Daniel Helms. Guests can come by and pay their respects and sign the guest book on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 12-6 p.m. and a time for visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Seadrift Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers are Bubba Hall, Johnny Mikolas, James Peeler, Dennis Epley, Durwin Epley, and Kolten Braun. Honorary Pallbearers are his great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Mary Belle Epley Helms, Mother (deceased)
  • YZ Helms Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Candance "Candy" Ritch (Jack), Daughter and Son-in-law
  • YZ "Rusty" Helms III, Son
  • Catherine Sullivan (Paul), Daughter and Son-in-law
  • William Randall "Randy" Helms, Son
  • Katherine Jennings, Sister (deceased)
  • Irene McAlister, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Louise McCown, Sister (deceased)
  • Daniel Helms, Brother (deceased)
  • Leon Helms, Brother
  • Donnie Helms, Brother
  • Nikki Silvers (Doug), Grandchild
  • N'Seana Ritch, Grandchild
  • Hilary Braun, Grandchild
  • Kolten Braun, Grandchild
  • Rylie Ritch, Great-Grandchild
  • Brady Silvers, Great-Grandchild
  • Jack Silvers, Great-Grandchild
  • Ava Silvers, Great-Grandchild
  • Alayna Conat, Great-Grandchild

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Bubba Hall
  • Johnny Mikolas
  • James Peeler
  • Dennis Epley
  • Durwin Epley
  • Kolten Braun
  • Great-Grandchildren, Honorary Pallbearers
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of South Texas

Services

  • Lie in State

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Visitation with Family

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 16, 2020

Memories

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Terry Gaines (Hill)

July 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I have a great respect for Jr. he was a great friend of the family for many a year. My Dad and Jr. double dated many years ago and I remember hearing about some car racing when they were younger. They fought in the war together. I remember many a time of our family's getting together and playing games.

Tammie Brandt, LVN

July 15, 2020

Rusty,
I have visited with you a few times in the office. I have known your dad for many years. He was one of the few patients that a person wants to get to know. I loved hearing his stories and seeing his smile. You and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time in your lives. I'm sure your dad's stories will go on and on through his family and friends.
Sincerely,
Tammie Brandt, LVN (urology office)

Candance Candy Lynn Ritch

July 13, 2020

From 2001-2005 Daddy got to come to visit us 5 times in Germany. We toured Europe to all the places he was stationed at while serving in WWII. Bari, Italy and Landsberg, Germany. We also toured Paris and the beaches of Normandy as well as the American Military cemetery in Luxembourg. I was so great full to be able to experience this with him. I am so glad you chose to be my daddy! I love you Daddy. My hero you will always be!! Until we meet again!

Candance Candy Lynn Ritch

July 13, 2020

From 2001-2005 Daddy got to come to visit us 5 times in Germany. We toured Europe to all the places he was stationed at while serving in WWII. Bari, Italy and Landsberg, Germany. We also toured Paris and the beaches of Normandy as well as the American Military cemetery in Luxembourg. I was so great full to be able to experience this with him. I am so glad you chose to be my daddy! I love you Daddy. My hero you will always be!! Until we meet again!

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