William C. Helbley Sr. “Bill”, of New Castle went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Sunday, August 30th, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was 95 years old.Bill was born on April 16th, 1925 to the late William Ira Helbley and Caroline Ritty Helbley of New Castle Pennsylvania. He was a dear brother and is survived by his sister Elizabeth McCann of University Heights, Ohio and preceded in death by his sister Mary Helbley of Wheeling, West Virginia.
He married Dorothy Joyce of New Castle, October 16th, 1948. He was survived by children William C. Helbley Jr. of Poland Ohio, (Mary Ann) and Thomas Helbley of Brunswick Ohio (Mickie). Grandchildren; Charles Helbley (Rachel), William Helbley III, Edward Helbley, Brian Helbley, Elizabeth Himmelein (David) and Michelle Helbley.
Bill graduated from New Castle High School in 1943 and was immediately drafted into the United States Army to serve his country. Bill fought in World War II and was proud of his service. He served in the 251st Engineer Combat Battalion from July 31st, 1943 until April 1st, 1946.
Bill retired from Wean United of Youngstown in 1987. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, and later St. Mary’s Parish in New Castle Pennsylvania. He enjoyed watching sports, and loved The Pittsburgh Pirates and The Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bill never found a dessert that he didn’t like and enjoyed dining in at local restaurants. He could never spend enough time chatting and visiting with neighbors, friends, and old war buddies. He was always the first to offer a visitor a drink and something sweet to eat (assuming there was anything left)! He always had a story and wanted to make sure everyone around him was laughing as much as possible. He loved the Lord, his family, and most of all his beloved Dorothy. He will be missed but never forgotten.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to a local V.F.W. or Salvation Army.
A mass in recognition of Bill will be held at Saint Ambrose Parish, 929 Pearl Rd, Brunswick, OH 44212 on Thursday, September 3rd at 11AM.