Philip Dale Helm, Jr.

February 09, 1948 ‒ September 09, 2019

Sunbury, Ohio

Philip Dale Helm, Jr., age 71, of Sunbury, died peacefully on Monday, September 9, 2019 at St. Ann’s Hospital with his beloved wife, Karen by his side. Retired Director of Information Technology for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. with over 22 years of service.  Member of Vans Valley Community Church in Sunbury and Key West United Methodist Church, Florida.  Phil was an avid reader, loved international travel, running, spinning, hiking, and remodeling and repairing homes.  He would never refuse a nice glass of wine and enjoyed frequenting his beloved Key West winter home.  Born on February 9, 1948 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania to the late Philip D. Sr. and Betty J. (Stennett) Helm. Also preceded in death by only sister, Mary Louise Helm.  Survived by loving wife of 14 years, Karen L. Longshore; devoted daughters, Julie (Steve) Helm-Sturges and Jennifer Helm all of Maryland; in-laws, Kenneth and Julia Longshore of Sunbury; sister-in-law, Peggy (Kevin) Longshore-Grant of Key West, FL.  Friends may call 4 to 7 PM Friday, September 13, 2019 at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury.  Funeral Service 10 AM Saturday at the funeral home.  Pastor Larry DeWitt officiating.  Private family interment at Trenton Cemetery at a later date.  DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Philip’s family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.    In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, In memory of Philip D. Helm, Jr., Hematology & Medical Oncology, PO Box 931517, Cleveland OH 44193-1655 or visit:

  • The Vans Valley Community Church sends its deepest condolences to the Phil Helms family. Our family (the church congregation) has lost another dear member. Karen our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Phil played a vital role in many facets of the church. He will truly be missed!

  • Dearest Karen and Family,

    How can we know all the mysterious of heaven, yet, we believe heaven is richer with Phil’s presence. His warm smile and personality were contagious. Jack and I were blessed with his frienship and remember our times spent with him fondly.

    May Gods grace be a guiding force in the days ahead for you and your family.

    Love and Prayers,

    Jack and Vera

  • Dear Karen Julie and Jen,
    Our deepest sympathy to you. We just talked with him Saturday and had he told us of his new treatment. We are so sorry and will certainly miss his phone calls. As I am sure you know, he called Uncle Karl quite often and it meant a lot to him. We are both so sad. Again our deepest sympathy.
    Sallie and George (Uncle Karl)

  • Dear Karen and family,
    Deepest sympathy to your family. You both were so very nice at church. Every time I seen him at church he was always smiling. Phil will be deeply missed. This has definitely been a very difficult year with the loss of our loved ones.

    Love and prayers,

    Barry and Christine Davis

  • Please add to my previous message I was cut off Karen I am sure you and Phip had a great 14 years together . I only hope you did a lot of sailing when you went to Key West I am truly sorry for your loss . We had great times together in high school sincerely Stephen C White

  • Karen, Julie, Jen and families –

    We are sadden to hear the news of Phip’s passing. While certainly not a constant in each other’s lives, as my cousin (Mindy) and as a classmate (Jamie), we have many great memories.

    Please accept our fondest thoughts and sincere sympathy.

    Jamie and Mindy Owen

  • There will always be a fond memory of Phil. Our Sundays were very special to see Karen and Phil together and a warm handshake of friendship for the day. We will miss the discussion at Bible Study .
    Save us a place up there.
    Jerry Peschke
    Neva Townsend