Thomas Edward Helwig, of Zionsville, peacefully passed away Aug. 28, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 84.. Thomas was born in Indianapolis on May 15, 1930, to Dr. Edward C. and Marjorie A. Helwig.. Thomas, known as Tom to his friends, graduated from Shortridge High School in 1948 before serving his country honorably in the United States Air Force as a surgical technician. After his time with the military, he worked part-time as an orderly at Methodist Hospital, where he met the love of his life, Catherine L. Hambright.. Tom and Catherine wed on April 14, 1951. Tom continued his education at Butler University in Indianapolis and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1957. He began his career as a biochemist with Pitman-Moore in Zionsville and moved on to the Dow Chemical Company, where he retired after 30 years. Tom then worked 10 more years with Seradyn in Indianapolis in their control department as a microbiologist, retiring a final time in 1992.. In his free time, Tom enjoyed archery, guns, fishing, boating, swimming and waterskiing, but spending time with his family and friends was his favorite. He will always be remembered for his "can do" approach to life. His work ethic was topped by none.. Tom was a member of the Zionsville Christian Church and the American Legion Post No. 79 of Zionsville.. Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Catherine L. Helwig; two daughters, Patricia Sue (John) Hackleman, of Crawfordsville, and Cynthia L. Hasemeier, of Gulf Shores, Alabama; four grandchildren, Lora (Chris) Hackleman-Ehrenberg, of Zionsville, Neil (Kami) Hackleman of Roachdale, John Reed (Carey) Hackleman, of Danville, and Ryan M. Hasemeier, of Auburn, Alabama; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, and one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville. Entombment will immediately follow at Lincoln Memory Gardens Cemetery in Whitestown.. The Helwig family requests donations to the Alzheimer Foundation in Thomas's honor in lieu of flowers.. Friends and family are invited to share memories and online condolences for the Helwig family at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Published on August 29, 2014