Helmer Robert Miller Jr.

Funeral services will be held for Helmer Robert Miller Jr. of Mequon at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedarburg. Helmer died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at the age of 87. Visitation will be held at the church, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Entombment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is serving the family.

Helmer was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 9, 1920, the son of the late Helmer W. Sr. and Elsie (nŽe Schroeder) Miller.

Helmer enjoyed life and entertaining people with his talent in music. He played the accordion in high school and eventually had his own band, playing at supper clubs in Milwaukee before World War II. He served his country in the war as a captain in General Patton’s Third Army, receiving the Bronze Star Medal.

Following the war, Helmer was a salesman for Clarke Floor Machine Co. in Milwaukee. While working for Clarke, he was promoted and transferred to Knoxville, Tenn. and Charlotte, N.C. He then moved to Valley Forge, Pa., as a divisional manager for the company. In 1971, the family moved to Mequon. He bought Lavo Chemical Company, a sanitary maintenance equipment and supply business in Milwaukee, where he worked for 20 years. He retired in 1991 at the age of 71.

Helmer enjoyed golf, curling, woodworking, the computer, and his cars, especially Buicks. He played golf weekly on a senior golf team and was a member of the U.S. Nationals Senior Curling Team Champions. He enjoyed family vacations and traveled around the world with his wife, Edith.

Helmer is the beloved husband of Edith (nŽe Ryan); loving father of Glenn (Sue), Gale, Lynn Burmeister and Robert (Jacque); proud grandfather of Michael (Elizabeth), Lance, Todd (Alehi), Rachel, Jessica, Eric, Kimberly, Hannah, Evan and Katie; and great-grandfather of Emma Sue, Preston, Cameron, Mia and Chloe. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. Helmer was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Ann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Disabled American Veterans are appreciated. For online condolences, go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.