William H. Helrigel
Alta Mae Bell
Bill Helrigel


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1. Isabel Nixon

Bill Helrigel

  • Born: 23 Jul 1920, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Marriage (1): Isabel Nixon
  • Died: 21 Feb 2013, Signal Mountain, Tennessee at age 92
  • Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Albion, Michigan

bullet  General Notes:

Bill Helrigel retired as a Funeral Director. During World War II, he was a Pharmacist's Mate in the Navy.

Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton, TN

William Henry Helrigel
July 23, 1920 - February 21, 2013

William Henry Helrigel, age 92, died Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Life Care of Red Bank. He was born July 23, 1920 in Kalamazoo, MI to the late William H. and Alta Mae (Bell) Helrigel. He was also preceded in death by his wife Isabel (Nixon) Helrigel. He lived in Albion, MI from 1939 until 1982, then in Hendersonville, NC from 1982 until 2001 before moving to Signal Mountain in 2001. Bill served his country in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. He attended Albion College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was a retired funeral director and embalmer and a past owner of several funeral homes in the Albion area.

Bill was a member of the Signal Crest United Methodist Church. He was an active Methodist layman in the West Michigan, West North Carolina and Holston Annual Conference, delegate to General Conferences, the World Council, former vice president of the Michigan Conference, Epworth League, president of Michigan Conference Young Adults, president Michigan Conference Board of Education, member of the General Conference Board of Education, active member of the 29'ers Christian Work Projects Group for 18 years, lay member of West Michigan, West North Carolina and Holston Conferences several times.

He is survived by his son Gary (Christine) Helrigel of Signal Mountain, TN two daughters Gina (William) Frazier of St. Louis, MO and Cathryn (Sherman Pierce of Birchwood, TN four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Signal Crest United Methodist Church on Signal Mountain with his pastor Rev. Mark Gooden officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral. He will be laid to rest next to his wife at the Riverside Cemetery in Albion, MI.

Memorial contributions may be made to his church.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence. 184 Prior to her death in 2008, Is and Bill lived on Signal Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Bill married Isabel Nixon, daughter of Rev. Lloyd Hinman Nixon D.D. and Pearl E. Dawson. (Isabel Nixon was born in 1921, died on 17 Feb 2008 in Signal Mountain, Tennessee and was buried on 21 Feb 2008 in Riverside Cemetery, Albion, Michigan.)

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