Dorris "Gene" Helton, 76, of Waterloo, Illinois, formerly of Cahokia, Illinois, born November 13, 1937 in Piggott, Arkansas, died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. Helton was retired from Union Electric Company, St. Louis, MO. He was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 1439, St. Louis, MO.; a lifelong member of Maplewood Park Baptist Church, Cahokia, IL.; and he was an avid fisherman, family man and loved traveling.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert E. Helton; parents, Floyd and Ruth nee Maples, Helton; and two brothers, Floyd B. Helton, Jr. and John W. Helton.
Surviving are his loving friend, Martha Holzum; his children, Anita (John) Brewer of Waterloo, IL., Karen (Jim Zollars) Helton of Waterloo, IL. and Darrell (Beth) Helton of Richmond, KY.; a sister, Betty (Jerold) Kirby of Brighton, IL.; three grandchildren, Ryan J. (Sonia) Brewer, Mark Braun II and Savannah Helton; and two great grandchildren, Dylan and Sophie Brewer. He was a dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Memorials may be made to Maplewood Park Baptist Church, Cahokia, IL. or donor's choice.
Friends may call from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2013 at Braun Family Funeral Home, Columbia, Illinois.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 23, 2013 the funeral home with Rev. C.J. Langton officiating. Burial in Valhalla Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.