Jerrell K. Helderman, a resident of Vincennes, passed away peacefully at the age of 77 on May 24, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on June 9, 1945, in Vincennes, Indiana, to the late Chester and Thelma (Jones) Helderman.
Jerrell dedicated his career to working at Littleford’s Nursery until its closure, after which he joined Vincennes Steel, where he served for 32 years until his retirement in 2006. He was a proud member of Iron Workers Regional Local Union #853. In his leisure time, he found great joy in hunting and fishing, as well as participating in 3D Archery with his friends. He treasured fishing trips with his son, Rodney, in the ocean while boating in Florida. Jerrell’s grandsons, Evan and Owen, brought him much delight during their fishing expeditions together. His compassion led him to volunteer at the Lord’s Warehouse in Monroe City, and he held a lifetime membership with the NRA. Jerrell was also an active member of Wheatland United Methodist Church.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Judy (Patrick) Helderman; a son, Rodney Helderman, residing in Kansas City, MO; a daughter, Jenny (Brian) Thompson of Vincennes; and five grandchildren: Courtney (Joey) Wilson of Loogootee, IN, Koen Helderman of Washington, IN, Ellie, Evan, and Owen Thompson of Vincennes, IN. Jerrell is also survived by his sister, Judy (Larry) Small of Vincennes, IN, and a great-grandson, Carter, of Loogootee, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister named Janice Helderman, and a sister named Joyce Lay.
Friends and loved ones are invited to pay their respects during the visitation on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The funeral service, officiated by Pastor Jarrod Chattin, will commence at 2:00 pm. In honor of Jerrell’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to the One Foundation Church of Wheatland. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements, honoring Jerrell’s legacy with utmost care.