C.R. Helvey was born in a farm house June 1st, 1929 in Springfield, Missouri to Clarence Robert and Alta Helvey, he was the youngest of four children.
C.R. grew up farming in Springfield, Missouri and in 1946 married Cecile DeCamp and the couple had two children, Patti and Rhonda. C.R. moved to Wichita, Kansas where he later met Dixie Lanham and the two married in 1953. After a hitch in the Army and while still living in Wichita the couple had two children, Rod and Cathy.
C.R. worked for Santa Fe Transportation and in 1966 was transferred to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as Operational Superintendent and where the couple had one more child, Michael. The couple lived and worked in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area for many years.
C.R. worked in the Trucking and Transportation industry for 40 years and finally retired with ABF Freight system.
C.R. married Louise Leveridge in 1995 and the two enjoyed their retirement years together.
C.R. enjoyed their farm and cattle and building things with his hands and later the couple moved to Edmond, Oklahoma. C.R. enjoyed yard work and gardening. His kids would always say that if you wanted to be close to Dad then you had to work along side of him because like the majority of that generation, working was his job, his hobby and his pleasure time.
C.R. is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Alta Helvey, his brothers Wilford (Son) Helvey and William Helvey, his sister Imogene Melton and step son Robert Leveridge.
C.R. is survived by his wife Louise Helvey and his children, Patti Jefferies, Rhonda Jackson and husband Bill, Charles (Rod) Helvey and wife Carol, Cathy Cornforth and husband Terry and the youngest Michael Helvey along with his step children, Deborah Stewart, Trisha Minassian, Ron Leveridge and their spouses and families.
Grand children, Cole Helvey and wife Kim, Eric Casper, Erin Helvey and wife Leslie, Evan Casper and wife Deidre, Hannah Hughes and husband Hayden and the youngest Holly Helvey.
Great grand children total 19 and still counting along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are 10:00 a.m. Monday February 4, 2019 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow. Public viewing is from 1 -8 p.m. on Sunday.