Jackie Vogt Helm was born in Urich Mo. on October 13, 1938. He was the youngest son of Opal Marie (Vogt) Helm and Millard Leroy Helm. He spent his childhood life in Urich and attended the Urich school for 12 years, graduating in 1956.
Jack joined the Navy on June 19, 1956 on the “buddy system” with his best friend David Erwin. Jack trained and served 3 years in Brunswick Maine, North Africa and Iceland. He received Honorable Discharge September 11th 1959 and returned to his hometown. It was this same year that he began his career at the General Motors Leeds plant in Kansas City MO. Jack continued his employment at GM and retired in 1989…after 30 years of employment. Jack worked very hard and spent countless hours driving on the one lane 7 highway going back and forth to work. After retirement built a lake home in Mt. Zion – properly named “The Station”.
On January 6, 1998 Jack was united in marriage to Susan Stumpff. They enjoyed 24 years together. Throughout Jack’s life he was an outdoorsman to his core. He was an avid trapper, hunter and fisherman. Back in the day his CB handle was Pathfinder. In his later years Jack took pride in and perfected making perch traps. He sold 100’s throughout the years – not only to individuals but to outdoor sporting businesses as well. Jack loved to play fastpitch softball. He participated for many years in the Clinton league. Jack was about the best windmill pitcher in his day. It was a known fact – if Jack won, you always got to stop for ice cream on the way home. If Jack lost, no one said a word as you drove right on by the drive-in. Everyone riding in total silence all the way home to Urich.
Jack loved his KC Royals and Chiefs. He attended many, many games throughout his life. If he wasn’t there, it was either on his radio or TV. Jack also very much enjoyed watching and even at times coaching his kids playing ball. He loved watching grandkids play softball, basketball and baseball. His presence was sometimes very well known – be it good or bad as he was the BEST umpire/coach there!
Jack is preceded in death by an infant son Kevin Ray. His father Millard Helm and mother Opal Vogt Helm and his brother Leroy Helm.
He is survived by his wife Susan of the home. His daughter Kimberly Willis of Clinton. His son Kurtis Helm (Michelle) of Mt. Zion. Stepdaughters Sherry Tate of Seligman MO. and Brandy Hunsiker of Mt. Zion. He is survived by his 3 granddaughters: Jenny Hann, Jamie McCoy and Kaylon Helm . His step grandchildren: Heather and Anthony Hunsiker, Duane Tate, Angelica Bray, Tyler and Aaron Colson. Surviving him as well are 11 great grandchildren.