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O.G. "Ollie" Helderle

September 30, 1928 March 31, 2019
O.G. "Ollie" Helderle
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Peoria- O.G. “Ollie” Helderle, age 90, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Lutheran Hillside Village.

Born on September 30, 1928 in Dubuque, IA to Oliver A. and Gertrude L. Helderle, he married Virginia Durdle on July 26, 1952 at Our Lady of Victory Chapel in Indiantown Gap, PA. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, James (Francis) Helderle of Chattanooga, TN; two daughters, Mary Beth Helderle of Clinton, NY and Karen Leigh (Paul) Mundie of Peoria; two grandchildren, Laura and Colin Barth of New York, NY; one sister, Mary Wittrock of Oklahoma City, OK; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ollie was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph and Francis Helderle.
Ollie obtained his BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, where he played varsity baseball and basketball. He proudly served in the US Army from 1950-1952.
He joined Caterpillar Inc. in 1949. He held various parts and service sales positions in Peoria and Geneva, Switzerland. He worked there for 36 years, retiring as a division manager in 1985. He played several years for the Caterpillar Cats basketball team and was a member of the 1952-53 team which was indoctrinated into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame. After retirement, Ollie worked several years as a consultant for the Employees’ Association of Illinois.

He was a member of Mt. Hawley Country Club, where he served on the Board of Governors. Ollie was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Peoria, where he served on the Athletic Board, served as President of the Parish Council and as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.
Ollie was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with family, reading, listening to classical music and watching sports. He will be truly missed.
Ollie and his family were very grateful for the excellent care he received from the nursing and therapy staff at Lutheran Hillside Village and OSF Medical Center.

A Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Holy Family Catholic Church, with a visitation held from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Franciscan Friars will officiate. Cremation Rites have been accorded and a private burial of cremains will be at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ollie’s name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society c/o Holy Family Catholic Church.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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Visitation

Saturday

13

Apr

9:30 AM 4/13/2019 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 4/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Mass

Saturday

13

Apr

11:00 AM 4/13/2019 11:00:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church

3720 N Sterling Ave
Peoria, IL 61615

Holy Family Catholic Church
3720 N Sterling Ave Peoria 61615 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Family

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