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Noah B Helmuth

April 12, 1924 ~ January 12, 2021 (age 96)

Obituary

Noah B Helmuth, 96 of Harrisonburg, VA (formerly of Arthur, IL) passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, where he was a resident for the past eight years.

Private family graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 in the Arthur Cemetery.  Rev. Michael Loss will officiate.  The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Noah was born on April 12, 1924 in Arcola, IL.  He was a son of Benjamin and Lizzie (Schrock) Helmuth.  He married Edna L Miller on December 16, 1943; she passed away on August 24, 2019.

Noah and Edna, through their early years of marriage, were dairy farmers and began their family. 

In 1964 he became co-owner of M&H Equipment, which became Helmuth Implement in 1966 when Noah and Edna bought out another business partner and changed the name. With an already full life, in 1972 Noah and Edna began traveling to Chicago on weekends where Noah eventually became the pastor of Chicago Community Chapel. Noah and Edna’s pastoral journeys also took them to, Arthur Mennonite Church (Arthur, IL), Cazenovia Mennonite Church (Cazenovia, IL), Roanoke Mennonite Church (Roanoke, IL), East Peoria Mennonite Church (East Peoria, IL), East Union Mennonite Church (2) (Kalona, IA), and Stuarts Draft Mennonite Church (Stuarts Draft, VA).  

In 2002 Noah & Edna moved to Harrisonburg, VA to be closer to at least some of their family. For the past 8 years they have lived at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community where they were blessed with many friends and care workers. 

Noah is survived by four sons, Andrew N (Joan) Helmuth of Arthur, IL, Ervin N Helmuth of Sarasota, FL, Phillip N (Loretta) Helmuth of Harrisonburg, VA and Leslie N (Sylvia) Helmuth of Harrisonburg, VA; a daughter, Susanna (Richard) Plank of Goshen, IN; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Edna Helmuth, one grandson, Michael Helmuth, 3 brothers and 5 sisters.  

In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to VMRC Foundation Good Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. 

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