Helmut was raised in a loving Christian family. His school years were interrupted by WWII. The family fled to West Germany, leaving their precious homeland and all their possessions behind. After 7 seven years, they immigrated to Canada. Following a stormy 16 days on the Beaverbrae, they arrived in St. John, N.B., settling in Coaldale, Alta., in 1951. Helmut worked for CPR. He began his career in housebuilding and construction as a framer in Calgary. Helmut was very involved in his church and other projects. His love for Jesus Christ was evident in his daily walk. Helmut was a faithful husband, wonderful father and a true friend.