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Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home - Cabool      Funeral Obituary 

In Memory of  Gayle M. Helterbrand  (February 7, 1923  -  October 13, 2012)   age: 89


 Visitation: 10:00am, Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Cabool First Baptist Church

 Service: 11:00am, Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Cabool First Baptist Church

 Interment: Cabool Cemetery

 Memorials: Cabool Senior Center, 910 Cherry ST., Cabool, MO or Cabool First Baptist Church, PO Box 238, Cabool, MO 65689

Gayle M. Helterbrand, 89, Cabool, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012, in the Texas County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born February 7, 1923, in Cabool, the only child of M. Mae (Chaney) Helterbrand and Eula M. Helterbrand. He graduated from Cabool High School in 1941.

He was united in marriage to Maxine J. Hall on August 26, 1944, in Houston, Missouri. Gayle attended Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Eastern New Mexico College in Portales, New Mexico, where he majored in Theology. After college, Gayle was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister and pastored some small churches, but eventually felt led to serve as a lay person. Gayle served 24 years as a rural mail carrier in Cabool for the U. S. Postal Service, having previously owned a local insurance agency. Gayle was also a long time member of First Baptist Church, Cabool.

Those familiar with Gayle know of his great sense of humor, and his lifelong love of cars including his favorite, a red MINI Cooper. Gayle also exhibited a very competitive spirit. He loved to play tennis and won the first of his eleven tennis trophies at 50 years of age. His love of checkers is widely known as he was the past Missouri State Checker champion, and Seventh District Checker Champion (over a seven-state area), earning 167 checker trophies. The Missouri House of Representatives honored Gayle with a resolution, recognizing the Checker champion. After the recognition ceremony, he proceeded to beat the Speaker of the House at checkers - not once, but twice. He and Maxine both enjoyed traveling to checker tournaments in many different states over the years.

Gayle was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, of the home, his daughter, Deanna Scott, and grandson, Dustin Scott, both of Springfield. He is also survived by several other family members and many good friends. The family especially thanks Beulah and Bunny Allen, Arlen Davis, and Dorothy Etter for their kind support and assistance in his final days. Gayle will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Some Photo links of Gayle over the last few years:  2010 National Group Photo  |  2010th Illinois Open  |  2009 Alabama & District 5   |  2007 Illinois Open Group Photo  |  2007 Nebraska State Open  |  2007 Illinois 101st County Results  |  2007 Southern Open Photo  |  2007 Alabama & District 5 Open  |  3/7/2007 Cabool Enterprise Article  |  5/22/2006 Cabool Enterprise |  2006 Strawberry Open Photo  |  2006 Missouri State Open  |  2006 IL 101 Group Photo  |  2005 IL 100th State Open  |  2005 National GAYP  |  2003 TN State Open  |  1988 3Move National - Danville, VA

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