John "Jack" M. Helenthal, 77, of Keokuk, passed away on August 10, 2017, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.
John was born on April 3, 1940, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of John and Mildred McCardie Helenthal. On November 18, 1958, he was united in marriage to Sharleen Byrne. To this union was born four children: John, Julia, Robert and Sarah. John later married Mary Connie Lumley on July 26, 2000. She survives.
A lifelong resident of Keokuk, John was a graduate of the Keokuk High School Class of 1958, and was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk. John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and later in the National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post 41 and served many years with the Keokuk Honor Guard. John worked at Hubinger for over twenty-five years before his retirement in 1996. He then began working for the city for another ten years, where he supervised work crews. He was also a part of the Keokuk Reserve Police Force for ten years. John was a strong supporter of his hometown. He was a football superstar in high school, and he continued to follow the Keokuk sports teams his entire life.
John is survived by his wife Connie Helenthal of Keokuk; four sons: John (Shannon) Helenthal, Robert (Peggy) Helenthal, Ivan (Gina) Parrish and John E. Land; three daughters: Julia (Ritchie) McDaniel, Sarah (Todd) Stuecker and Connie Lynn Parrish; and his grandchildren: John E. (Jessica) Helenthal, David (Sara) Helenthal, Chris (Jenny) Gooley, Sierra (Forrest) Wilkerson, Nicholas (Abbey) McDaniel, Amy (Joshua) Pihl, Amanda (Joshua) White, Ashley (Drake) Custer, Ashley Reittinger, Ryan Helenthal, Jonathan Miller, Chase Helenthal, Justin Miller, Syerra Huston, Savannah Huston, Skyler Huston, Spencer Huston, Austin Parrish, Chase Parrish, Payton Parrish, Kamryn Parrish, Karsyn Parrish and Johnny Land. Other survivors include twenty-three great-grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
John is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Michael and Joseph, his great-granddaughter Elaina White, and aunts and uncles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk, with Father Robert Lathrop officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. Visitation will be held on Monday from 3 to 8 PM, with family meeting friends from 6 to 8 PM at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers at 917 Blondeau Street in Keokuk.
A memorial has been established to help send children to summer camp.
Jack was a good friend of mine. We both attended St. Vincents and both went to Keokuk Senior High. He had such a good sense of humor and was a friend to all. Rest in peace Jack.
I am so sorry for your lost jack was always friendly and outgoing .He will be greatly missed love you all
We have so many wonderful memories of our cousin Jack and how close he was to our father, uncle Bill Helenthal. Special times at Christmas, Thanksgiving and family picnics.
Sister Paula Helenthal
Cathleen (Helenthal) McMahon
Joan (Helenthal) Cunningham
SO sorry to hear about Jack. Fred kept me informed of his difficulties, but was saddened to learn of his death. I have such fond memories of our conversations whether over backyard fence or dinner table. Please accept my condolences, Connie and his family.
Jack and I always talked about our family's geneology. I truly enjoyed listening to his stories and seeing where his research led him. He found so many interesting details surrounding our family and he loved sharing them. Gary respected Jack's dedication to sports; our community; our police force; and his family. Jack was our friend. We will miss him. Sending our sympathy; thinking of all of you.
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