Burl Frederick “Fred” Helton, 86, Kokomo, passed away peacefully at 10:17 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, in his home surrounded by his loving family. Fred was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Kokomo, to the late Andrew J. and Fannie (Gregson) Helton. He was a 1945 graduate of Bunker Hill High School. On Jan. 30, 1971, in Beech Grove, he married Dorothy Ann “Dory” (Rudolph) Helton, who survives.
Fred joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II. Fred attended St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers L.U. 873 for 65 years. He was a branch manager for the Kokomo office of Robbins Electric for six years, and owned and operated a construction business that built grain bins and poll barns.
He loved farming and raising hogs, and enjoyed woodworking and building things like furniture out of oak wood. He loved yard work and gardening. He was an avid fisherman. Fred loved to cook, being with family, and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann “Dory” Helton; sons, Kenneth Helton and wife Evelyn, and Thomas Rudolph and fiancee Samantha Rush; a daughter, Linda Hill and fiance Ken Nolley; a daughter-in-law, Sherry Helton; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew J. and Fannie Helton; a son, Darle “Fred” Helton; a granddaughter, Mandy Hightower; four brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary, with grandson Pastor David Helton officiating, along with Father Theodore Dudzinski. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the U.S. Army and the Kokomo Military Rites team.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials in Fred’s memory be made to Guardian Angel Hospice, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Poor Clare’s Monastery. Envelopes will be provided at the mortuary. You are invited to read Fred’s obituary online at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, or share a personal message with the family.