BOONVILLE, IN. — Rev. Robert R. Helms, 88, of Boonville, Indiana passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.
Robert was born in Boonville, Indiana on Nov. 25, 1931 to the late Thomas and Hazel (Perigo) Helms.
Robert was born and raised on the family farm in Boonville where he learned to love the outdoors and God’s nature. He loved the country, horses, hunting, fishing, and camping. Robert attended Mt. Gilead General Baptist Church in his younger years. He worked as a coal miner and for the railroad for several years before he answered the call to become a pastor at the age of 31. He then attended Oakland City College where he earned his degree. He was the former pastor of Bethabara GB Church, Augusta GB Church, Tekoppel GB Church before moving to Illinois where he pastored at Granite City GB Church, and Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church. Robert returned home to Indiana in 1977 as a home missionary where he founded the Faith Free Will Baptist Church and the Faith Christian School in Chandler, Indiana where he pastored at until 2005. Throughout the years Robert pastored to jail ministries, Boon Square apartments, served as moderator of the Indiana State Association of Free Will Baptist and as a general board member of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. From 2005 until 2019, he filled in at many pulpits for surrounding churches in the area.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Thomas Helms.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Wilma Jean Helms of Boonville, IN; children, Tami Zint and her husband, Kerry of Newburgh, IN; Richard Helms and his wife, Kelly of Boonville, IN; Ronald Helms and his wife, Rhonda of Allen Park, MI; grandchildren, Derek Zint (Alison); Chad Zint (Sarah); Dr. Kera Kay (Ryan); Austin Helms, Abigail Helms, Lauren Kendig (Jordan); Kristen Landers (Daniel); Brandon Helms (Kylie); Braden Helms; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Gavin, Colton, Emmalyn, Hudson, Jack, Alexander, Palmer, Saylor, Grayson; siblings, Roy Helms (Gynith); Edwin Helms (Myrna); several nieces and nephews.
Services took place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 at Koehler Funeral Home in Boonville, Indiana with Rev. Daniel Edwards, Rev. Tim Gaynor, Rev. Roy Helms, Rev. Ron Helms, Rev. Bill Sheets officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Boonville, Indiana.
Visitation took place from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 and again from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Berea Ministries or to Samaritan’s Purse.
Friends unable to attend may send a condolence to the family at www.Koehler