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Obituary: Max Allen Helmbrecht, Seymour

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Mr. Max Allen Helmbrecht, 85, of Seymour, formerly of Columbus, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014, at Schneck Medical Center.

Born June 17, 1928, in Seymour, he was the son of Lawrence F. and Maud (Bowell) Helmbrecht. On October 25, 1953, at Central Christian Church in Seymour, he married Joyce Aileen Bradbury, who survives.

Max graduated from Shields High School in Seymour and played on the school's very first golf team. After graduation, he joined the United State Navy and served during the Korean War. During his time of service, he proved to be a good athlete as he played on the traveling Navy baseball team.

Max and Joyce lived in Columbus for most of their 60 years of marriage. While in Columbus, Max was a member of First Christian Church where he sang in the choir and served on the board of deacons. He had also been a member of Garden City Church of Christ.

He retired from the Postal Service in Columbus after more than 40 years of service. After retiring, he moved to Seymour and joined Central Christian Church where he became head greeter. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Colts fan. A few of his hobbies were playing golf, fishing and bowling, but time spent with his family was his favorite activity.

Besides Joyce, his wife of 60 years, he is survived by his children, Hank (Kathy) Helmbrecht and Pam (Randy) Shelton; grandchildren, Susan (Paul) Beck, Michael (Rachelle) Phillips, Josh (Jennifer) Shelton, Kyle Shelton, and Ashley (Dr. Josh) Maze; great-grandchildren, Magnus Beck, Kaitlyne Phillips, Taylor Phillips, Grant Phillips, Dylan Shelton, Dominik Shelton, Sarah Chambers, and Celia Maze; a sister, Mary Butler; and a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Sandy Bradbury.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Helmbrecht and Jim Helmbrecht; and an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held at Central Christian Church, 1434 West 2nd Street, Seymour, on Saturday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Lewis Wright officiating.

Family and friends may call at Voss Chapel on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, with a flag and taps presentation by the veterans of Seymour.

Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service.

Memorials may be written to Central Christian Church, the American Cancer Society, the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center or a charity choice through Voss Funeral Service, Seymour, IN.

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