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James Richard Helmuth

Published On: Mar 30 2013 06:30:43 AM CDT

MIDDLETON- James Richard Helmuth, 10 years old, passed into God's loving arms March 23, 2013 after courageously living life to the fullest while healing from cancer. With his indomitable spirit, playful demeanor, and insatiable love of music, dancing, and sports, James lived life large and was embraced by his entire community. His positivity shifted life toward the light for many who were fortunate to know him. James' depth and breadth of sports knowledge and his understated complex intellect held promise for a sensational career in sports announcing, to which he aspired. James' engaging smile and unconventional personality was magnetic; his friendships ran deep and wide in martial arts, football, basketball, Elm Lawn Elementary, and in his community-at-large. His thoughtful compassion for those in need inspired charity in others. His courage touched the lives of many. James was honored by the City of Middleton Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services Departments, as well as the Dane County Sheriff's Department, the Dane County SWAT Team, the UW Platteville Pioneers Football Team, the University of Wisconsin Badger Athletics, and Middleton High School and its Basketball Teams. James was the founding recipient of the City of Middleton Battle of the Badges annual fundraiser, which will continue to support the Badger Children's Cancer Network and similar charities. James' wish for fairness and opportunity will help support athletes in need. The Dane County Youth Football Program and the Middleton Basketball Club will both establish a James Helmuth Memorial Scholarship to help athletes participate in organized sports.

James is the cherished son of Jeff and Lisa Helmuth, eternal brother of Jack Helmuth, and beloved grandson of James Kosmond.

Services will be held Saturday, April 6th at ST. LUKE’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7337 Hubbard Avenue Middleton, Wisconsin at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon remembrance at noon, and a basketball game at Elm Lawn Elementary 2:30 to 4 p.m. Those who wish, most especially the kids, may wear their favorite sports jerseys. Donations in remembrance of James may be made to the Badger Children's Cancer Network and/or the Dane County Youth Football Program or Middleton Basketball Club's James Helmuth Memorial Scholarship (checks payable to the James R. Helmuth Benefit Fund).

Visitation:
luncheon remembrance at noon, and a basketball game at Elm Lawn Elementary 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Service:
Services will be held Saturday, April 6th at ST. LUKE’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7337 Hubbard Avenue Middleton, Wisconsin at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon remembrance at noon, and a basketball game at Elm Lawn Elementary 2:30 to 4 p.m.

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