Lawrence C. Helbig
Lawrence Clint Helbig, 95, of San Marcos died on Feb. 6, 2019, in San Marcos, surrounded by family.
He was born on March 9, 1923, in Knippa to Ida (Thien) and William Helbig.
A visitation will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche St. in San Marcos.
The family says he was a proud and quiet man who understood the importance of family, and he never abandoned his responsibilities. Forced to quit school after eighth grade due to a family emergency, Helbig went to work on the family farm to help support the family.
In 1944 when duty called via the U.S. Army, he served in the Pacific Theater and as a member of the occupation forces in Japan following the end of World War II. Upon returning home to Knippa in 1946, he resumed farming, a profession which became a lifelong labor of love for him.
In 1953, he was set up on a blind date with Gladys Murray, and the couple married in April of 1954.
Although he had additional jobs throughout his life, including managing the parts department at the local Ford shop and driving a school bus, it was farming and being outdoors that he loved the most. When he retired to Sunrise Beach, he and his wife started a successful lawn mowing business and created a master garden that the family says was the envy of all who beheld it.
In 2007, the couple moved to Stone Brook Retirement Community in San Marcos. He lived out his days enjoying the exercise program “Sit and Be Fit,” where he was one of the most popular members; watching “Wheel of Fortune” and enjoying a pork chop every Sunday at Cracker Barrel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, including William H. Helbig; and sister, Louise Ohlenbusch.
Helbig is survived by his wife; two daughters, Irene Hindson and husband, Ted, all of San Marcos, and Cindy Hess and husband, Tom, of Peoria, Arizona; son, Lawrence Helbig Jr. and wife, Charla, of Silver City, New Mexico; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Lorene Gremmel of Uvalde; cousin, Jean Weynand of San Antonio; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other family and friends.
Pennington Funeral Home, www.penningtonfuneralhome.com