The Obit For Bill Helquist

William John Helquist

Published in Orange County Register on February 8, 2013


William John Helquist, of San Juan Capistrano, passed away peacefully February 1, 2013. A long time Orange County resident, Bill was born in Chicago, Ill. December 14, 1921.

Bill was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed.

He is survived by daughters, Diane Hooper, Kristin (Tom) Newsom, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Karin and son, Paul.

Bill gave up his professional baseball career to serve in WWII. He received his teaching credentials from La Verne College and USC. Taught school in Oslo, Norway and Casablanca, Morocco for the US Dept. of Defense. Became a principal in West Covina, CA.

Bill was a storyteller with a great sense of humor and knew no stranger.

Per Bill's request there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: WISEplace Transitional Shelter, 1411 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706.