Rev. Roger's Story
Rev. Roger Kent Helton, 69, of Springville, passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening. He was born in Bloomington on Nov. 30, 1947, to Burl and Dorothy Elon Siscoe Helton.
He was a 1966 graduate of Needmore High School and went on to serve in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War in the late 60s into the early 70s. Upon his return to the states he enrolled in Oral Roberts University, where he received his bachelor's degree in the mid-70s.
Roger was a pastor for over 32 years with various Baptist churches throughout southern Indiana. He served in Stanford, Unionville, Washington and Dabbne before settling in at Bethel Lane Community Holiness Church in Bloomington. He regularly called on the residents at Garden Villa, visiting every Tuesday there, as well as preaching a service on Thursdays. He was a collector of both old and new movies, filling up numerous bookshelves with them, but his true pride and joy was his grandson David, whom he spent countless hours with. David was truly the center of Roger's life.
Roger leaves behind his sister Ramona Stone of Springville; grandson David Dodge of Bloomington; nephews and nieces Michael Stone and wife Cindy of Bedford, Thomas Stone and wife Christina, and Rodney Stone and wife Mary of Springville, Tiffany Byers and husband Devin of Bedford, Samantha Stone and companion Justin of Springville; and great-nieces Abbie Stone and Harper Avery Byers. Roger was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law, Thomas Stone.
Funeral services for Roger will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 South Old State Road 37. Rev. Bruce Wheeler will preside and burial will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.allencares.com.
Published on February 26, 2017