Terry D. Helms

April 9, 1942 ~ January 26, 2021 (age 78)


Terry D. Helms, also known as Officer Friendly, age 78, of Evansville, IN, passed away at 6:30 p.m. on January, 26, 2021, at River Pointe Nursing Home.

Terry was born April 9, 1942, in Boonville, IN, to Robert “Chubs” Helms and Myrtle “Toots” (Broshears) Helms. He was a Boonville High School graduate. Terry was an Evansville Police Department officer from June 16, 1966 until his retirement on June 15, 2001. He received the “Officer of the Year” award for his service in 2000.  Terry started the annual Culver Elementary School Christmas Party.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Marci Scheller (Mike); grandchildren, Matt Scheller (Abby), Andrew Scheller (Leslye), and Kevin Scheller (Catherine); four great grandchildren; brother Tony Helms; sister in-laws, Betty Helms and Kate Helms; nephews, Brady Helms, Jeff Helms and Kenny Helms; nieces, Jennifer Melligan and Jerra Helms.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Chubs” and Myrtle “Toots”; his loving wife of 27 years, Mary Helms in 2017; and brother, Jerry Helms.

Private Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue with Pastor Andrew Scheller officiating. A Live Stream will be available beginning twenty minutes prior to the service time. Please visit, select your loved one’s obituary, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Live Stream. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Friends may visit from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021, at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL.

In Leiu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to: Heritage Hospice at 1202 W Buena Vista Rd # 107, Evansville, IN 47710.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at River Pointe Health Campus and Heritage Hospice for their exceptional care during this difficult time.

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January 29, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Boone Funeral Home
5330 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715

January 29, 2021

1:00 PM

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