Gerald R. “Jerry” Helmick age 87 of Canonsburg passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. He was born November 1, 1934 in Thomas, West Virginia, a son of the late Roy W. Helmick and Rose Verdinek Helmick Moncilovich.
Jerry was a lifelong resident of Canonsburg, attending Canonsburg High School. Jerry joined the United States Air Force in 1952. He served in the 21st/6461st Troop Carrier Squadron-The Kyushu Gypsies- during the Korean War. After his discharge from the military, Jerry attended Waynesburg College, graduating in 1962. He worked for State Farm Insurance for 29 years. Jerry was an avid golfer, outdoorsman, and enjoyed painting, but most of all he cherished the time he spent with his family.
Jerry was a member of St. Patrick Church of St. Oscar Romero Parish and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a life member of the VFW Post 191 in Canonsburg and the American Legion Post 902 in Houston. He was also a past President of the Pennsylvania Claims Association.
On November 10, 1956 he married Rosemarie Kumer who passed away July 15, 2012. Left behind to cherish his memory are his son Gerald D. “Jerry” (Rebecca) Helmick of Canonsburg; daughters Suanne (Jon) Kelly of Houston and Teresa (Michael) Engler of Washington; grandchildren Colleen (Josh) St. Cyr, Stephanie (Christopher) Gee, Alexander Engler and Samuel Helmick; great-grandchildren Noah, Cooper and Tanner Smith, Sarah St. Cyr and Hadley and Eliza Gee and sister Alma Meacham of Painesville, OH and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to his parents and wife are brothers Daniel and Alan Moncilovich.
Friends and family are welcome from 4-8 pm on Sunday November 21, 2021 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 9:40 am Monday, November 22, 2021, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Patrick Church of St. Oscar Romero Parish, 317 West Pike Street, Canonsburg.
Private interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil, PA, with military rites by the VFW Post 191 Honor Guard of Canonsburg and the United States Air Force.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 600 River Avenue Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
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