The Obit For Jake Helwig

Kenneth Gary ‘Jake’ Helwig

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kenneth Gary “Jake” Helwig, 87, of Owensboro passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Owensboro Medical Health System. He was a member of Breckenridge Street United Methodist Church. Kenneth was a Marine, serving in the South Pacific in World War II. He retired in 1977 from Dixie Pavers in Hopkinsville. He was also a professional baseball player from 1946 to 1949. He was in the Kitty League, playing for four teams, the last being Hopkinsville in 1947. His loving wife of 59 years, Josephine Renfrow Helwig, preceded him in death Dec. 7, 2010. He was also preceded in death by two sisters.

Surviving are his children, Becky (Alan) Englehart, Bill (Sally) Helwig, Vicki (Mark) Marshall and Glenn (Tina) Helwig; grandchildren Lee Hall, Will (Rose) Helwig, Amy (Dale) Crabtree, Adam (Marianna) Marshall, Kelly “Warrior” Englehart and Jacob Helwig, and eight great-grandchildren all of Owensboro, and Andy Englehart of Georgetown, Ind.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory with the Rev. Pete Coble officiating. Burial will follow in Owensboro Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and after noon Thursday. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hospice of Western Kentucky or to Breckenridge Street United Methodist Church.