Richard M. Helsel
Richard Mason Helsel, 80, formerly of Uvalde, died on Aug. 30, 2019, surrounded by family at home in San Antonio.
There will be a memorial ceremony at noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Bread of Life Christian Fellowship, 700 N. High St. in Uvalde. There will be a time of fellowship with refreshment after the service.
He was born on July 30, 1939, in Edgemont, South Dakota, to Estella (Hayes) and Mason Helsel.
He graduated from Edgemont High School in 1957, Trinity Bible College in 1961, Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in dairy production in 1969, and pursued a master’s degree in agricultural economics.
Among his jobs, he was employed by General Foods as a production manager, owned and operated a dairy farm in southeast Kansas and managed the dairy barns at Kansas State University. After relocating to Lubbock, he worked as an office supply salesman for Baker Office Supply for 20 years.
His family said he always brought a smile and a laugh to those he served, and that he was a great husband and a loving father.
He was a tall man at 6 feet 2 inches, and muscled, but his family described him as gentle and kind.
He married Deloris Wakefield in Sturgis, South Dakota, in 1959. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June of this year.
They had two children, including a daughter, Julie Lynette, who died in infancy.
He was social, active and involved in his church. He did everything from building new tables and chairs for the children in Sunday school to leading the congregation in songs on Sunday mornings.
The family said he had a heart for service and did everything he knew to exhibit his love for people that God brought into his life. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors. Whether hunting by himself or with family or friends, he reveled in the majesty of God’s creations.
He is survived by his wife, of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Rosanna Helsel of San Antonio; granddaughter, Lydia English; great-granddaughter, Charlotte English; brother, Ed Helsel; and sister, Phyllis Mudge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to one of the following organizations: Daily Bread Ministries of San Antonio, 3559 Belgium Lane, San Antonio, TX 78219, dbmsa.org; or for the work of Peter and Brenda Burgos in China, Global Partners, P.O. Box 50434, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0434, donate.wesleyan.org/login. Please indicate this memorial gift in memory of Richard Helsel.
Richard M. Helsel