Raymond F. Helmbrecht of Newstead, a decorated World War II veteran and retired telephone worker, died unexpectedly Tuesday in United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School.
He served in the Army during World War II in the China-Burma-India Campaign and was awarded a Bronze Star.
Prior to retiring in 1983, he worked for 40 years as a switchman for New York Telephone.
Mr. Helmbrecht enjoyed doing home improvements.
His wife, the former Dorothy Condie, died in 1998.
Survivors include four sons, Donald of Akron, Thomas of Noxon, Mont., and John and James, both of Cheektowaga; four sisters, Mildred Metz of Williamsville, Irene Robida of Cheektowaga, Dolores Lobsinger of Kissimmee, Fla., and Alberta Tierney of Trenton, Mich.; a brother, Edward of Kenmore; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.