James Lynden Helm, eighty-four, passed on peacefully at home January 5, 2019 from complications of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Jim was born November 11,1934 in Cleveland, Ohio to Mary Margery and Orel Helm. He graduated from Mayfield Heights High School, and received his Bachelors and MBA degrees from Case Institute of Technology. A chemical engineer, he was employed at SOHIO and the Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia. He also enjoyed working as a consultant and later as a financial planner for Primerica.
Jim worked hard and played harder, with passions for golf, speed, and cars, winning countless trophies racing in road rallies. He was a licensed driving instructor for several car clubs teaching at race tracks throughout the East Coast; Watkins Glen and VIR were favorites. He enjoyed classical and choral music, singing with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Chorale, Choral Allegro, Mary Green Singers and Wayne Oratory Society, as well as performing in high school and college musicals and plays.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joan Holder; wife, Marilyn; grandson, Jonathan; nephew, Richard and niece, Beverly. He is survived by his sons John (Sally) and Michael (Amy); daughter, Laura Estok (Jim); wife, Jane; her daughters Laura Keehan (Tom) and Shelly Lazorchak (Andy); and nine grandchildren.
Thirteen years ago, Jim attended a Christmas concert at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, met Jane, and began a new journey of love, life, faith and service for Christ in this dynamic church family. He was active in the choir, Promise Keepers, ComeAlongSide emotional and spiritual support ministry, and several Bible study and prayer groups. He was also a trained Stephen Minister. We praise the God of All Compassion and Comfort as He has directed our paths and holds us close in His love.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 19 at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church, 7 Mt. Lebanon Road, Wilmington, Delaware at 2:00 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church or Sunday Breakfast Mission.