Born June 14, 1925 in San Marcos Tx and peacefully passed Dec 21, 2012. Helmer is survived by his brother, Billy Joe Hageman, and his children, Billy Joe Jr. and Pixie Hageman of San Marcos along with their children Heather and Jacob, and Steve and Beverly Hageman of Rochester NY along with their children Lauren and Andrea. Helmer's children are Robert and Lynn Hageman of Austin, Richard and Laurie Hageman of Gardenville, David and Linda Hageman of Austin, and Cathy and Hugh Collins of Austin. Helmer is also survived by his first wife, Jean Williams of San Antonio, cousin Joyzell Wilke of Dallas, and her children Joy, Jan, Jenda and Jerrel.
Helmer loved all his Grandchildren: Ryan and Matt—Brooke, Leslie and Alex—Tyler, Michael and Reese—Peter, Catherine, and Phillip.
After high school, Helmer served in the Marines during WW II in the Pacific theatre, going to many islands removing weapons from the enemy and civilian forces. One of his last assignments was to go to Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped to gather weapons from the remaining public. Helmer returned to San Marcos to go to College, married Jean Skell, our mother, and went to work out of town as a chemist for an oil company. He returned to San Marcos to join his Father and Brother in an automotive parts and repair business called Hageman Battery and Electric. After many successful years, he retired from that business and began a real estate career in the area. He later moved to Canyon Lake Tx. where we all had a lot of memories with family events and parties. Depending on the situation, Helmer could be very tough, stern and demanding one moment and then generous and giving on the next. He was an intelligent man, and a hard worker—taking pride in landscaping, gardening and construction projects around the house. He was always one to have fun, especially with his friends and buddies. In his later years, he became a warmer giving person who thought about his legacy to his children and grandchildren. We will all miss him.
Services to be held Wed at 2 PM at Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos with interment following in San Marcos Cemetery. For more information, call Thomason Funeral Home, 396-2300.