James “Jim” Helfrich, 74, Columbia City, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Aug. 2, 2021, at his home. Born Sept. 7, 1946, in Columbia City, he was the son of Robert and Geraldine (Dorio) Helfrich.
While attending Columbia City Joint High School, Jim enjoyed journalism and was part of the school newspaper. He went on to graduate with the Class of 1964 and then graduated from Indiana Business College. Jim began his work career with Kunkle Valve and worked for Central Soya for 35 years, retiring from Bungee in 2011. On Feb. 13, 1982, he married Judy Fulk and welcomed three children into his life and heart.
After retirement, Jim continued to work at Walmart and Dollar Tree before his health forced him to retire again. He was a member of the American Legion and a former VFW and Eagles member. Jim loved his family and enjoyed times camping together, taking his wife fishing, and putting up Christmas decorations for them and neighbors to see. Jim also enjoyed golfing, bowling, tending to his vegetables in the garden, bird watching and he loved his dogs and cats. He was quiet spoken but had a great sense of humor. He will be remembered for being hard working, patient and being sentimental.
Survivors include his loving wife, Judy Helfrich; daughters, Deb (James) Seitz and Lori Speith; son, Denny Grobis; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and cat, Trouble. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City and 10:30-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial donations may be given in his memory to the Humane Society of Whitley County or Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.