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“Sorry to hear of your loss, heaven and My parents Rose and Stan Lane gained a great soul. ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Ann Lane - cartersville, GA

“I have such fond memories of of our get togethers including dinner group. Those were such fun days. I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Wilda Powell - Fort Collins, CO

“Jeff and Mindy, Diane, Emily, Joe, John and I want to extend our deepest sympathy in your time of loss. I was fortunate to see Tom just a couple of...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: John and Diane Keig - Phoenix, AZ

“I remember Tom well, having worked for him on appraisal and other real estate situations over the years. He was a brilliant and passionate person who...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Kevin Pollard - Davenport, IA

“Dave, just wanted to express my deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father, our thoughts and prayers are with you....Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Dan & Tammy Brodersen - IA

“Dave, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May God bless you and your family. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Les Rolls - Encinitas, CA

“Uncle Tom was a formidable force, to his last day. He was solid, dependable, gave no nonsense and expected none. He was a protector of women and...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Hollie Yanaga - Carol Stream, IL

“Dear Joan and family, I was saddened to learn of Tom's passing from my sister-in-law. He was such a good friend to Bill and whenever we were in...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Eloise Hult - Shawnee, KS

“Thoughts from a Nephew To me my Uncle Tom was:•Unique •A man of purpose, preference and influence •A businessman For years I...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Dan Johnson - Urbandale, IA

“I extend my sympathy from Florida to the family. I knew Tom for many yearsthru Ford Motor Company. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Walter Figg - Bradenton, FL

“We are sincerely sorry for your loss and know that the Helm's Family will miss Tom deary. His accomplishments were numerous and he was a true legacy...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Ann and Jeff Hanson - Davenport, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I allways looked up to Tom . He will be missed. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Denny Van De Sampel - Kewanee, IL

“Dear Joan and family: Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time. Tom was a one-of-a-kind and we will certainly miss him. Please know...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Irv and Jill Kelman - Kewanee, IL


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas H. Helms, 87, a resident of Davenport will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 417 Main Street, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport where a prayer service will be offered at 4:30 p.m. There will be an additional visitation at church one hour prior to mass time. Mr. Helms passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Genesis Medical Center – East Rusholme Street, Davenport following a brief illness.
Thomas H. Helms was born December 4, 1924 in Kokomo, Indiana a son of Roscoe "Steve" and Grace Marie (Hart) Helms. He was a 1942 graduate of Davenport High. Tom served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, SHAEF Headquarters in England, France and Germany from 1943-46. Tom was united in marriage to Joan T. Johnson on November 16, 1949 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.
In his years in the auto business, he owned and operated several dealerships including Strieter Motor Company, Davenport. He received many awards including repeat President's Awards and Strieter Motor Company was recently honored by Ford Motor Company as the nation's oldest Lincoln dealership. In 1975 he received the Quality Dealer Award from Time Magazine. In 1973 he served as president of Iowa Automobile Dealers Association and continued to serve on their management board, and also as President of Scott County Auto Dealers. He also served two terms on the Lincoln Mercury National Dealer Council; Chicago & St. Louis Lincoln Mercury Dealer Advertising Board Member, National Automobile Dealers Association Industry Relations Committee, Hawkeye Insurance Board.
Mr. Helms was also very civic minded and actively participated in several leadership roles which included the original Transit Authority, City Reorganization Committee, City of Davenport 1st Consumer Affairs Committee, City of Davenport Plan and Zone Commission; served 2 V-P terms for Chamber of Commerce – chairing the Transportation, Local Government and North Davenport Committees; V-P Mississippi Valley Fair Board and he continued to serve on their board for many years, V-P Underwriters Group, served on the Davenport Park Advisory Board, Tax Assessor's Review Board, served 2 terms as President Crow Valley Country Club, member of Palmer Chiropractor College Board of Directors. He was an original founding member of North Scott Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow; received the Bob Fry Award for his work in establishing the First Tee Program. Tom was a member of St. Anthony's Church where he served on the Parish Council and the Finance Committee. While wintering in Naples, Florida he was a member of Foxfire Country Club serving on the Architectural Review Committee and Road Safety Committee.
Tom enjoyed playing Gin Rummy with his friends and had been an avid golfer for many years.
Memorials may be made to the Kahl Home, 6701 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, IA 52807 or Handicapped Development Center, 3402 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, IA 52806.
He is survived by his loving wife Joan, and their sons, Jeff (Mindy) Helms, Davenport, Jack (Kate) Helms, Minneapolis, MN and David Helms, Davenport; 6 wonderful grandchildren, Anne, Maggie, Tom, Joe, John and Andy Helms.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Jack who died in Korea in 1952, and his beloved german shepherd, Rocky.