July 6, 1956 ~ September 13, 2013
Fred Helsley, of Quincy, WA, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, September 13, 2013. Fred was born in Twin Falls, ID, on July 6, 1956, to Donald and Joyce Helsley. His family moved to Quincy when he was a small boy. The family farm in Quincy was a great place for Fred and his three brothers to grow up. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, target shooting, sports, and he also learned a strong work ethic from his parents. He believed that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin at an early age and, out of gratitude for that gift, he tried to live a life pleasing to God. Fred graduated from Quincy High School in 1974, and had attended all 12 grades in the Quincy School District. After graduation, Fred attended Western Baptist Bible College (now Corban University) in Salem, OR, and Central Community College in Hastings, NE, where he studied business. As a young adult, Fred volunteered with Youth For Christ for many years. He also had some adventurous jobs, such as working for a season in the Aleutian Islands on a crab boat and working on a large cattle and sheep ranch in Montana. Fred moved back to Quincy in 1992, to help his dad on the farm. To improve the family farm, Fred added apple orchards, learning from fellow orchardists in the area. He enjoyed the challenge and the hard work that went into making a successful business.
Fred lived an active life. He attended Eastmont Baptist Church in Wenatchee. He loved to play softball, and pitched for several teams. He also was involved in community volleyball and basketball leagues over the years. Fred liked to travel, often visiting friends and family. Fred had an amazing sense of humor, and will be remembered by many as a good friend.
Family was important to Fred. He is survived by his parents, Donald and Joyce Helsley of Quincy; his older brother and sister-in-law, Dallas and Cindy of Salem, OR; younger brother and sister-in-law, Don and Audra; and younger brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Edi of Ephrata. Fred was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews, frequently taking the time to attend the activities they enjoyed and were involved in. He will be greatly missed by nephews, Caleb and Aaron of Salem, Daniel, Matthew and Jonathan of Ephrata; and his nieces, Hannah and Rebecca of Ephrata.
The Helsley family would like to invite you to join in a Celebration of Fred’s Life at a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the Bread of Life Church, 140 14th Avenue NW, Ephrata. A luncheon will follow. Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online guestbook at
www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, are handling funeral arrangements.