Charles Franklin "Mickey" Helderman, III.

August 5, 1937July 12, 2014

Charles F. “Mickey” Helderman (aka “Mike” to his military/government friends and as “Ed Schwartz” to his family & local friends. Displaying his quirky sense of humor he often answered the telephone using that pseudonym). Mickey was 76 when he passed on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was a native of Charlotte, NC but after ending his military career he and Suzie have been residents of the Virginia Peninsula for the last 38 years. They lived in Newport News for nearly 33 years and have been living in Williamsburg for the past five years. He was a graduate of Narimasu American Military High School outside Tokyo, Japan where his father was stationed. Following the Helderman tradition of service in the military, Mickey joined the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school and served with the Air Force for 14 years. In 1969 Mickey left the Air Force and joined the Army after earning a commission as a Warrant Officer. Shortly thereafter, he was assigned to serve in Vietnam. During his military career he also served in Pakistan, Turkey, Japan and Germany. Stateside assignments included Ft. Meade, MD, San Antonio and San Angelo, TX. While serving in the military, he went to night school and ultimately earned his BSBA from Christopher Newport University. After serving for 7 years in the Army, Mickey retired and worked briefly for the aerospace industry in Texas before moving to the Peninsula to work for the Dept. of the Army, TRADOC at Fort Monroe, VA. He worked at TRADOC for 20 years before retiring from Civil Service and returning to employment in the aerospace industry. Mickey was finally convinced by his family that he should retire completely, and he did so at the age of 73. He loved his country, spy novels, travel, the beach, football, movies, his dog, and cherished his friends, but most of all he had a huge love for his wife of 56 years, kids and grandkids, always putting them first. He was generous to a fault when it came to his family and friends, and was famous for always saying “it’s another GREAT day” when asked how he was doing. Mickey was preceded in death by his parents, Charles F. Helderman, Jr. and Ruth King Helderman. He is survived by his brother Lynn P. “Butch” Helderman, his wife of 56 years, Suzanne Sobecki Helderman, his sons, Michael P. Helderman and wife Karen Kyte Helderman, and Steven C. Helderman and wife Deborah Spence Helderman, grandchildren, Trevor, Daniel and Bryce Helderman and step-granddaughter, Felicity Fox. A Mass celebrating his life will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Norge, VA, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., followed immediately by a reception at the Colonial Heritage Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, VA, or The American Heart Association.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 19, 2014

Charles Franklin "Mickey" Helderman, III.

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December 30, 2014

This was a tremendously inspiring person who is no doubt a loss to us all in fact we have been enriched and in some degree protected by the many national and even earthly defense measures that this person has participated. May the family have peace we cherish the special memories. “He will render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore”. May we all rejoice in this good news of this everlasting peace (Isaiah 2: 4)

Mike & Joan Moorhead

November 2, 2014

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.

And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
RIP, Mike

Jody Ullmann

July 28, 2014

So sorry Suzie to hear this. I wish I had known when I saw you on Friday and I would have given you an even bigger hug. Prayers for you and your family.

July 26, 2014

I'm sorry for your loss. I would like to give my condolences to the family. -Ecclesiastes 5:8, 9

July 26, 2014

I am very sorry for your loss. However, you can take comfort in the Bible, specifically at 1 Thessalonians 4: 14, which says "For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those have fallen asleep in death through Jesus."

David Maness

July 23, 2014

Suzie, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You and Mickey are a couple of my favorite VLM friends.

July 22, 2014

I am so sad that my wonderful brother-in-law is no longer with us. My family and I will miss him terribly. Suzie, I am so thankful that you have such wonderful friends to support you through this time.

Your loving sister, Donna


July 22, 2014


T Griffin

July 21, 2014

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

Page Hayhurst

July 21, 2014

Suzie, I was so sorry to hear about your loss from your extended VLM family. Thinking of you in this difficult time. -Page Hayhurst