Jan. 24, 1941-Aug. 30, 2004

HERMISTON - A memorial service for Roger Lee Helfrecht, 63, of Hermiston, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. Disposition was by cremation.

Mr. Helfrecht died Monday, Aug. 30, at Pendleton.

He was born Jan. 24, 1941, at Rockford, Iowa, to Ralph and Elizabeth Draeger Helfrecht. He was raised at Burns and graduated from Burns Union High School. He attended Blue Mountain Community College at Pendleton for two years, where he earned a degree in Diesel Mechanics.

Mr. Helfrecht had been a resident of Hermiston since 1974. He owned and operated Roger's Automotive at Hermiston for several years, then was employed at Agri-Northwest as maintenance supervisor before retiring in 2003.

He was a long-time member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Helfrecht enjoyed fishing and the mountains, and he loved his family, children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his life partner, Belinda Helfrecht, of Hermiston; his mother, Elizabeth Helfrecht of Pendleton; sons, Jamie Helfrecht of Heppner, Darrin Helfrecht of Seattle, and Justin Helfrecht of Hermiston; daughter, Desiree Schwartz of Kennewick; brother, Robert Helfrecht of Pendleton; sister, Marlene Essa of Las Vegas, Nev.; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Helfrecht.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Oregon, 7420 S.W. Bridgeport Road, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97224-7790.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

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