Richard Michael Helling

Born: Thu., Aug. 28, 1975
Died: Thu., Mar. 8, 2012

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Richard M. "Michael" Helling August 28, 1975 – March 7, 2012 Richard M. "Michael" Helling - a resident of Pendleton, Oregon, died on Wednesday March 7, 2012, in a snowmobile accident near Tollgate. He was 36 years old. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th, at 2:00 P.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Send condolences online at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements. Richard Michael Helling was born in Pendleton, OR, to Marylin D. Robinson Helling of Weston, OR, and James R. Helling of Milton-Freewater, OR. Michael grew up in Pendleton, Elgin, Irrigon and Weston, Oregon. He attended schools in Elgin, Weston and Athena, graduating from Weston McEwen High school in 1993. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He spent time in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans while stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station working in Aviation Maintenance Administration. After his discharge from the Navy he attended Blue Mountain Community College until he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad as an Engineer, his lifelong dream. Michael was passionate about anything outdoors. He would also go anywhere, anytime. As an avid fan of live entertainment, he attended countless concerts and football games with friends and family. Michael loved going to Mariners games and spending time in Seattle. He enjoyed photography along his train rides and playing video games with his nephew. He also was an avid reader of every kind of book of knowledge. He could tell you an answer to any sports trivia question there is. Michael is survived by his parents, two brothers: Stephen and Angie Helling of Bremerton, WA, Chris and Sara Helling of Pendleton, one nephew Lucas Helling of Pendleton, uncles: Bill Robinson of Spokane, WA, Curt and Tricia Robinson, and Stacey Robinson of Pendleton, three aunts; Kathy Luu of Seattle, WA, Barbara and Larry Hutchings of Des Moines, WA, and Theresa and Kevin Martel of Salem, OR, and a grandmother, Mary Helling of Pendleton, OR, as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents Larry and Shirley Robinson, Aunt Debbie Robinson, and Grandfather James M. Helling. We will miss him dearly, and he will be forever in our hearts.

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Darran Zenger
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
I am sorry to hear about Michael. He will be greatly missed. I'm just honored to have been able to attend school with him and get to know him. I am sorry I am unable to attend the memorial service. Please know that I am thinking about you all. Darran Zenger

   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
My condolences to the family. WMHS Class of 93, close like a family.

Benny Ben Dean
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
My sincerest condolences go out to you Mike's Family. I was a classmate in the 1990-1991 school year and I remember riding the bus back and forth with him. We didn't talk much, but we had a lot of fun in Mr. Jagger's english class with inadvertent competitions for the King 'Tuna'. Ms. Jolie won that year.

Jason Fletcher
   Posted Tue March 13, 2012
To the brother of my brothers, You were an integral part of a family that I have cherished for years, and your passing was far too soon. You will be missed by many, including myself.

Joe Willis
   Posted Wed March 14, 2012
I have known Mike for the last 5 1/2 yrs while working at Union Pacific. Though I did not know him outside of work, what I did learn about him came about through spending hours on end with him on the train. In fact I had just worked 2 back to back round trips with him a week before the accident. I know that there are many people including myself at UPRR that are going to miss him. Mike was and still is a great man and engineer. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Courtney Brody
   Posted Thu March 15, 2012
My heart and condolences go out to the family and friends. Mike was a wonderful person and a close friend. He was always a joy to be around and will be greatly missed. Personally, I will miss Mike's spur of the moment road trips to Seattle. The decisions to come, whether it be a game, concert, or just to see friends and family, were always welcomed. His personality was one of fun and intelligence. Although he is gone, Mike and the memories that were had with him will always be remembered.

Melinda Newman
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
Marilyn, so sorry to hear this! Please contact me when you feel up to more visitors and I will come see you. Melinda

Angela Lord
   Posted Sat June 30, 2012
I just heard about Mike's passing from a former co-worker of his. I regret the falling-out we had last year; it seems so silly in light of losing him like this. He was one of my best friends for the last 15 years, and his teasing and funny nature saw me through a lot of downs in my life. He made a difference in my life, and the world is a dimmer place without him in it.

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