James D. Helms Jr.

September 29th, 1952 - January 6th, 2013

RICHMOND, Ind. – James D. Helms Jr., age 60, of Richmond, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 6, 2013, at University Hospital in Indianapolis, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born September 29, 1952, in Connersville, Indiana, to James D. Sr. and Lenora Devitt Helms, he was a life-long resident of this area. James was a 1970 graduate of Centerville High School. He worked as branch manager in sales for Aunt Millie’s Bakeries since 1978. James enjoyed his work, golfing, bowling, and mushroom hunting. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. James enjoyed life and everything that he did. Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Shaffer Helms, to whom he was married March 4, 1972; son, James D. Helms III of Centerville; grandchildren, Chelsea, Megan, and Gracie Helms; his mother; sisters, Karen (Ken) Johnson of Richmond and Pam (Dave) Torbeck of Centerville; much loved brothers and sisters-in-law; cousins; nieces; nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. Visitation for James D. Helms Jr. will be from 3 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Dave Newman officiating. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 4567 Progress Drive, Columbus, IN 47201. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at

American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, 4567 Progress Drive, Columbus, IN 47201.

3:00PM to 7:00PM on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at Doan & Mills Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

2:00PM at Doan & Mills Funeral Home on Friday, January 11th, 2013 (map/driving directions)

Earlham Cemetery
1101 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374 (map/driving directions)