1923 - 2019

Emery J. Helmuth, 95, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home with Dayton-Mercy Hospice care. The funeral service was held at Shiloh Mennonite Church on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Burial was in Shiloh Mennonite Cemetery.

He was born to John I. and Mary (Miller) Helmuth on Nov. 29, 1923, in Kalona, Iowa. He grew up with his parents and five siblings on a farm in the Kalona area. He served as a conscientious objector near the end of World War II in Terry, Mont., Harrisburg and Akron Pa. 

While in Harrisburg he felt the Lord’s call to lead people to Christ. Upon returning to Iowa, he took up carpentry under the guidance of his father. On June 4, 1950, he married Irene Jeanette Byler and the couple enthusiastically participated in outreach programs which lead to an appointment in 1955 to pastor a church-plant in Northern Minnesota. 

By the time they went to Minnesota, they had two young sons and two daughters were born there. He became a skilled cabinetmaker and found that he could make a living while leading a small church at the same time. 

It was during this time he was ordained as a pastor at Balsam Lake Mennonite Chapel. After 15 years, in 1970, the family moved to the Flint, Mich., area to co-pastor at Mount Morris, which soon lead to pastoring for 19 years at the Pine View Mennonite Church in Vassar, 30 miles further north. 

Upon retirement in 1991, Emery and Irene joined the voluntary service program at Rosedale Mennonite Missions in Ohio, serving two years as maintenance man and hostess for guests and transitioning missionaries. By then they chose to remain permanently in Ohio, where they attended Mechanicsburg Christian Fellowship and eventually became members at Shiloh Mennonite Church. 

At the age of 70, Emery built the house in Mechanicsburg, where they would reside the rest of their days. He enjoyed his semi-retirement building cabinets, country furniture and leading Bible studies which was his passion. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping as hobbies. 

He is survived by his brother: Omar and Emma Mae (Nisly) Helmuth; sons: Galen and Elba (Ocampo) Helmuth, Gareth and Sherry (Parsell) Helmuth; daughters: Faye and Charles Esch, and Beth and Roy Corbett; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren with one on the way. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, four siblings and one grandchild. 

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