Winter Holiday 03

Robert L. Helmke

June 13, 1969 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 54) 54 Years Old

Robert Helmke Obituary

Robert, affectionately known as 'Rob,' Helmke, a cherished soul who embodied love as a devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on December 26th 2023 at the age of 54, enveloped in an abundance of love.

His departure has left a vast and tender void in the lives of all who were blessed to know him. Rob's life radiated a profound testament to boundless love and unparalleled generosity. As an adoring husband, he and his beloved wife, Lori Helmke, wove an enduring bond, weaving a tapestry of cherished moments that transcend time. His immeasurable devotion extended unwaveringly to his children. Rob leaves behind daughters Katie Brown (Darren Rupp), Cameran Marbaugh, and Katie Marbaugh, as well as his son, Colt Marbaugh (EB Jenkins). His children's triumphs brought him immeasurable joy, and he stood as a beacon of guidance throughout their lives. Rob's love knew no bounds as a treasured grandfather. His legacy of love lives on in the hearts of his grandchildren: Andrew Brown, Breklynn Creekmore, Dara Ogunkayode, Carson Rupp, Waylon Marbaugh, and Maizleigh Creekmore. Every cherished moment spent with them was a treasure trove of lasting memories and cherished wisdom. He was the devoted son of Dorothy Helmke and the late Eldon Helmke, a supportive brother to Brent Helmke (Jennifer Helmke), and a source of unwavering care for his niece and nephew, Paige and Grant Helmke, whom he held dear. Rob worked as a Service Manager at White’s Honda & Toyota Dealership in Lima, Ohio.

Rob now reunites with the cherished memories of his father Eldon Helmke and grandparents, Margaret Saul and Louis Helmke, and Reuben and Mary Huber, who remained eternally close to his heart. His inherent kindness, boundless compassion, and unending love defined him as an epitome of a devoted grandfather and an incredibly loving man. His impact on those fortunate enough to know him will forever be etched in fondness and gratitude.

A heartfelt celebration of Rob's life will take place on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Cowan & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Van Wert. His memory will forever reside in the tender corners of our hearts. Vitiation will begin at 10:00 a.m., until time of services on Saturday. Burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Alzheimer Association or the Parkinson’s Foundation in honor of Rob's legacy.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at, Tribute Wall.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert L. Helmke, please visit our floral store.

Friends and family have shared their relationship to show their support.
How do you know Robert L. Helmke?
We are sorry for your loss.
Help others honor Robert's memory.


Funeral Service
December 30, 2023

2:00 PM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 South Washington Street
Van Wert, OH 45891


© 2024 Cowan & Son Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility