Michael Joseph Helm


    Michael Joseph Helm was born September 20, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri to Roy and Bernardine (Slocum) Helm and passed away January 4, 2020 at the age of 61 years.


    Michael spent most of his life in the St. Louis, Missouri area. He was a man of many talents and a very hard worker. He began drawing and painting at an early age and was hired by several neighbors to do oil paintings by the time he was 10 years old. In his pre-teen and teen years, Michael continued to work in oils and selling several of his projects. Michael’s passion for art continued throughout his life. He worked at the Penniston Commercial Art Studio before becoming the Vice President of his own art studio, Helm Smith and Grimm, Inc. He worked for several years with ad agencies and large companies like Kellogg and Anheuser Busch.
    Michael was blessed with one daughter, Jessica Casey.
    On April 14, 2001 Michael married Barbara Ann Kerns at the Bonebrake Center and together they shared 11 years of marriage before her passing.
    Michael moved to the Salem, Missouri area in 1998. He has created many murals and logos for local businesses, sets for plays and has taught several art classes. He was a part of the Bigfoot Exhibit at Trees and Trains along with Santa’s Workshop and has played Santa for many years. He enjoyed working at Salem R-80 as a paraprofessional. Michael was an incredible teacher and amazing artist.
    Michael was strong in his faith and attended several local churches. He enjoyed the worship and the opportunity to sing. Michael was a part of the Spring Creek Artisans, Arts Rolla and Salem Area Community Betterment Association.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Helm on November 21, 2010; daughter, Jessica Casey; and parents, Roy and Bernardine Helm.
    He is survived by his siblings, Joseph Helm of Caseyville, Illinios, Mary Helm of Carrollton, Illinois, John Helm and wife Stephanie of Arnold, Missouri, Rose Henry of St. James, Missouri and Gerard Helm of St. Louis, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Celebration of Life was held Saturday, January 10, 2020 in the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel with Pastor Rocky Lindley officiating. Song selections played were “Saying Goodbye” from the Muppets Take Manhattan, “The Prayer,” and “Home to Stay.”
    Arrangements under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem, Missouri.

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