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Rolf P. von Helms

March 5, 1936 ~ October 19, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Rolf von Helms Obituary

Rolf Paul von Helms of Arlington Heights IL, passed away on October 19, 2023 at the age of 87.  Rolf was born on March 5, 1936, in Chicago, IL. He was the son of the late Johannes Karl Albrecht von Helms of Hamburg, Germany, and the late Anna (von Ehren) von Helms of Blankenese, Germany.    

Rolf was the loving Husband to the late Lorraine (Luck) von Helms, and a loving father to the late Ron von Helms and Roy (Cindy) von Helms. He was the proud grandfather of Nicolle, Zac and Austin.  He was the dear brother of the late Ernst (Ella) von Helms, the late Anna (Art) Schmidt, Walter (Holly) von Helms, the late Paul von Helms, Ingeborg (Richard) Heidorn, Helga (James) Conley, and Barbara (Paul) Anderson.  Rolf was the dear Uncle to many nieces and nephews who live all over the United States.

Rolf grew up in Chicago, IL. He then lived in Bensenville and Elgin IL. When Rolf retired, he moved to Medford, WI where he, Lorraine and Ron enjoyed living the Lake life in the Chequamegon National Forest.  In 2020 Rolf came to live with his son Roy and Cindy in Arlington Heights, IL as he could no longer live alone. 

Rolf was a Tool and Die Maker for Celco Tool and Die for 40 plus years. He was very precise. That followed him at home where he was always tinkering with things and making sure everything was just right. He found ways of fixing things be it with duct tape or a piece of wood or whatever he had laying around. Rolf had a lot of tools.  He even built his own Grandfather’s Clock that he was very proud of. Rolf loved to fish, bike and go on long drives with his family. He was not one to sit idle. He loved talking to people. Always said Hello to anyone who crossed his path. One of his favorite places to go was Mc Donald’s. He was there every day to get his chicken sandwich and coffee.

Rolf was laid to rest on November 4th in a private ceremony at St. Joseph’s cemetery in River Grove, IL .  

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