William H. “Bill” Helms, 79

September 18, 2021

William H. “Bill” Helms, 79, of Lancaster passed away Saturday, September 18, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in West Chester, PA he was the son of the late Henry Garver and Anna G. Helms. He was the loving husband of Hazel M. (Bemis) Helms with whom he shared over 61 years of marriage.

Bill started working for Coca-Cola where he served as an assistant production manager for over 14 years and then went onto work as a firefighter for the Lancaster city Fire Department for over 25 years, working mostly out of station #1 on West King St. After leaving the fire department he worked for the Lancaster Co. Parks where he retired in 1996.

He was an active member of Faith United Church of Christ in Lancaster where he served as a deacon and elder. Bill was also a member of the Riverside Camping Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Sharon Lewis, Brian S. Helms husband of Dora and Kimberly L. Groff wife of Bob all of Lancaster. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and a brother, Larry Warfel husband of Diane of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Chris and Doug Warfel.

Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Faith United Church of Christ, 1204 Wabank Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603. Interment will follow in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. Family and friends will be received from 10-11AM at the church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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September 23, 2021

Hazel, Sharon,  Brian,  and Kim… so sorry to hear this!  I truely thought Bill would live forever.  As much as I hung out at your house in the 70s and 80s Bill was a big influence in my life.  Though I haven’t seen him since the early 90s I have great memories of him and your family… and I thank you all for that.  Won’t be at his services in body on Saturday, but you all will be in my thoughts.  Sending my condolences… Marc

September 22, 2021

Dear Hazel and family We send our deepest condolences to you all. Terry enjoyed working on and off the Fire Department with Bill we will always treasure our memories with both our families together 
RIP Terry & Linda Bracken and sons TJ & Dan 

September 22, 2021

Brian & Family
we are so very sorry for the loss of your dad
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Love Donna Speece & Jeff Davis

September 21, 2021

Dear Hazel and your Family,   I am so sorry for your loss.  Your husband was truly one of my favoirite people,  and I enjoyed working with him.   I treasure the many stories you and Bill have shared with me.  God bless,  Alaine

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603
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