Larry Wayne Helvie
Larry Wayne Helvie, 70 of Roscommon, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 at his home with his family by his side, after a 7 year battle with prostate cancer.
Born in Owosso on February 12, 1949 he is the son of June (Ford) Helvie and the late Wayne Helvie.
Larry graduated from Owosso High School in 1968.
He began his career at General Motors in Flint that fall. In 1969 he was drafted into the 101st Airborne where he served in combat in Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart, was promoted to Sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1971. After his service, Larry returned to GM, worked in the metallurgy department, and retired in 2001.
Throughout his life Larry loved the outdoors. Each year he raised a beautiful garden. He loved all kinds of pets and was a wonderful dog trainer, he was adored by many Labrador Retrievers.
Larry was an avid rider and racer of both bicycles and motorcycles. Most recently he and his son Ryan teamed up on a side hack motorcycle to race on the ice.
Larry has volunteered for many environmental causes.
Larry loved spending time with his family and is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Helvie; mother June (Vera) Helvie; his children and stepchildren, Ryan (Chelcie) Helvie, Aimee Hamilton, Crystie (Rick) Welte, Karri (Doug) Paxson, and Mary Brown, mother of his children. Also his grandchildren; Brooke, Brynn, Baylin, and Mason Helvie, Andrew Hawley, Delaney and Camryn Hamilton, Brenden, Owen, Addisen, and Wynn Welte, Morgan and Brayden Paxson.
Larry is also survived by his brothers Don (Pam) and Dave (Cindy) Helvie, many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many good friends both up north and in the Owosso area.
He was predeceased by his father, Wayne Helvie.
A long time plan of Larry’s has been to donate his remains to the Willed Body Program at Michigan State University.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes, Owosso Chapel with son in law, Rick Welte officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday April 11, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.