In memory of

   Judson Helder



Mr. Judson J. Helder, aged 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Born January 3, 1922 to Gerrit and Jennie Helder, they moved to Grand Rapids in 1929, went to Baldwin Christian Elementary School, and then to Davis Tech for high school. He worked for American Seating and was then called into service during World War II. He was injured during service to his country and served from December, 1942 - November, 1945. He married Julia (Judy) Chase on July 10, 1942, a marriage which produced four children and lasted for 61 years, until Judy's passing on September 10, 2003. Upon returning from World War II, he went to Davenport Institute and was employed by Blue Arrow Truck Line from 1946 to 1984, when he retired. Working his way through the ranks, he became equipment director for both trucks and trailers, and in 1966, became financial director for the firm. He was a member of the Michigan Trucking Association and other Michigan trucking financial associations. In non-work related areas, he served as a member of the school board for Mayfield Christian School. He was a member of Mayfair Christian Reformed Church since 1929, and he served a term as elder there. Upon his retirement, he and Judy were able to winter in Florida for many years. Summering on Gun Lake since 1955, they moved to Gun Lake and became permanent residents in 1975. He will be remembered by many for his sense of humor, his ability to make a stranger to a friend and his devotion to those he loved. He enjoyed chocolate ice cream to the end. Survivors include Judith Helder and partner, Robin Blackstone, Gary Helder, Valerie Lane and partner, Kim Sanwald, and Brian Helder, and many brothers and sisters. He was able to stay in his beloved home on Gun Lake, due to the patient care of his son, Gary. Funeral services will be held Monday, 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Jack De Jong officiating. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Barry Community Hospice.

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