Clarence J. "C.J." Helt, 82, of Columbus and Venice, Fla., died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Kindred Transitional Care of Columbus.
A former employee of Cosco, Mr. Helt retired in the early 1990s from Seymour Housewares where he was vice president of sales. He was a graduate of Hope High School, where he played basketball, and served as a staff sergeant in the Air Police at Carswell Air Force Base in Texas.
He loved to spend time in Florida.
A private graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Patrick Galligar.
Arrangements were made by Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hathaway-myers.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana.
Born in Hope February 19, 1930, Mr. Helt was the son of Clarence and Nora Montgomery Helt. He married Barbara L. Foerster Aug. 28, 1951, at Fort Worth, TX.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Blake (Peggy Vinson) Helt of Columbus and Jon Helt of Columbus; grandchildren, Carley (Keith) Grant of Oaktown, IN, and 1st Lt. Alex (Brittney) Helt of Muncie, IN; and great-grandchildren, Dylan, Savannah and Eliza Birdsong of Oaktown.
He was preceded in death by his parents.