Willard W. Helm

January 31, 1924June 4, 2018

Willard W. Helm, of St. Ann, MO, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the age of 94.

Willard was the beloved son of the late Will and Hazel Helm; loving husband of 72 years to Jane Helm (nee: Ward); devoted father of Gary Helm and Debbie (Dave) Dierzbicki; adoring grandfather of Bryan (Abby) Otto, Casey Otto, Nicholas (Dovie) Helm, and Samantha (Dan) Redmond; cherished great grandfather of Rayann Otto, Holden Otto, Brennan Otto, and Lorelai Otto; dear brother of the late Vernon Helm; and dear uncle of Ronnie Helm. Willard is also survived by many extended family members and numerous friends.

Willard proudly served in the US Navy for over 3 years during World War II. After his military service, he went to work for McDonnell Aircraft/McDonnell Douglas and he continued to work there for more than 35 years before he retired. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3944 in Overland; an active member of the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Sages Retirees Club; and a long-time member of Arlington United Methodist Church. When he wasn’t working, Willard enjoyed fishing, hunting, and travelling with family. He also felt that it was his duty to always be willing to offer a helping hand to his friends. Whenever someone needed to get something done, Willard & Jane would be right there ready to help. Most importantly, Willard’s passion and his gift was his highly skilled woodworking. He was a master woodworker who created the most beautiful and unique pieces of furniture. Willard was a hard-working, loving family man with a very outgoing and friendly personality (he never met a stranger). He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Willard’s name to Arlington United Methodist Church.


  • Visitation Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, June 10, 2018

Willard W. Helm

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Daniel Gaeng

June 10, 2018

My condolences and prayers to Casey and family on the loss of your grandfather. May he rest in peace.

Gloria Hudson

June 7, 2018

Saying good bye to Uncle Willard. Always the gentleman, always the real warm hug both hello and goodbye. When my children were very young he paid me a compliment little did I know then some 40 plus years later, I would still consider it to be one of the greatest memories I have of him. Aunt Jane and Uncle Willard always there for anything they were invited to always happy and interested. As I say goodbye I will now confess Shaun the cat you had and loved for so many years after 2 hours of howling and clawing my arms and back came dangerously close to getting thrown out the car window. Please look down, smile and forgive me for this.
Remembering you forever with love and respect your nephew Warren and his wife Gloria.

Ron & Nancy Luecker

June 7, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ron & Nancy Luecker, friends of the Varbles

Leonard Draves

June 6, 2018

My memory of Bill goes back to the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing days. I worked with him and travelled with him on work assignments. Bill and Jane were always thought of highly and considered friends. Bill was always there to help and offer his suggestion to better you and the work assignment. He will be missed. Our best to Jane and the family. Our deepest sympathy with the passing of Bill , heaven received a new soul but earth lost of true friend and gentleman.

Patty Marshall

June 6, 2018

Bill and Jane are some of my favorite people. Their devotion to each other, their family and their church was always inspirational. They never saw me a day I didn’t get a hug and kind words. Bill is up at the gates hugging everyone there and waiting for his sweety. Love them to the moon and back!