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Friday, December 27, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Harlen Jim Helker

WA/DL Capt. Harlen Jim Helker
January 2, 1931 ~ December 18, 2019

Notification with the passing of Western/Delta pilot Captain H. Jim Helker, age 88.  Captain Helker joined Western Airlines 03-15-1962 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  Widowed in June 2015 with the passing of his wife Grace Ellen, Captain Helker is survived by his daughters and his son, plus his grand- and great grandchildren.
Obituary information is available online at
and at
To the best of my knowledge, Captain Helker had most recently resided at
12338 White Cloud, Conifer CO 80433-7138.
If more is learned we will be sure to pass along any updates.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN 

Harlen J. Helker was born Jan. 2, 1931, in Poteau, Okla., and was raised in Hartford, Ark.
He married Grace Ellen Monday on Sept. 8, 1952, and they were married for 62 years until her death on June 5, 2015.
A Conifer resident since 1962, Harlen was a pilot for Western Airlines and then retired with Delta Airlines when the two airlines merged. He was an active member of Pleasant Park Grange No. 156, Conifer Historical Society, Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army – Conifer Extension and The Quiet Birdmen.
He is survived by two daughters, Lois Helker and Carol Lyons; son Scott Helker; two granddaughters, Desiree Miranda and Eleanor Helker; and five great-grandchildren, D'Angelo Malcolm, Jasmine Malcolm, Melinda Driscoll, Freya Miranda and Michael Miranda.
He was preceded in death by his father, James D. Helker; mother Lois C. (Terry) Helker; brothers J.D. Helker, Charles Helker and James Helker; and sisters Betty Jo (Helker) Steele and Mary Helker.
A memorial service for Harlen is planned on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Conifer Commun-ity Church, 9998 Havekost Road, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Harlen J. Helker's name to Conifer Historical Society, Pleasant Park Grange No. 156 or The Salvation Army – Conifer Extension.
Published in Canyon Courier on Dec. 25, 2019.
Grace Ellen Helker, wife of WA/DL Capt. Harlen J. Helker
Grace Ellen Helker, wife of WAL Capt. Harlen Jim Helker
May 4, 1933 ~ June 6, 2015

Notification with the passing of Grace Ellen Helker, age 82, wife of retired WAL/DAL pilot Captain Harlen J. Helker.  Captain Helker joined Western Airlines 03-15-1962 and was based Denver for much of his career……………………..

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