John H. Helton 52 of Mattoon, IL, passed away Sunday March 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County, IL

John was born Oct. 9, 1959 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Raymond and Carolyn Kavecky Helton.

He graduated from Lakeland College in Mattoon, IL. He served his country in the National Guard for many years and was a member of the N.R.A.

He, formerly, was employed by Grain Systems Inc. in Assumption, IL for 15 years and before that was employed by the Municipal Gas Department of Sullivan, IL.

He is survived by children: Terry Jophlin of Ramsey, IL, and his mother Linda Wemple of Pana, IL, Charity Klein and husband Brad , Misty Cushman and husband Steve Tomer, Jeremiah Helton and fiancÚ Angela and their mother Rea Helton all of Mattoon; grandchildren: Tanner Bryson, Chloe Klein, Griffin Tomer, Chace Cushman, Jaxon Tomer, Cheyenne Jophlin, Makayla Toney and Izaq Toney; sisters: Celia Brown and husband Dwight of Pana, IL, Mary Jo Allen and husband Kevin of Herrick and Lee Ann Birch and husband Rusty of Shelbyville and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son John Henry Helton Jr. and a brother James F Helton.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday Mar. 8, 2012 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.Pastor Marvin Yoder will officiate.Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. to time of the service on Thursday in the funeral home.Burial will be Helton Cemetery near Middlesworth, IL.Memorials can be made to the Family.

On line condolences may be made to the Ffamily at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com