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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Orville F. Helms of Palatine, Illinois who passed away  on
 5    March 24, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Orville Helms was born in Palatine on April 17,
 7    1913; he married his high school sweetheart, Bernice M. Wente
 8    on June 1, 1938; and

 9        WHEREAS, Orville Helms joined the Palatine Volunteer Fire
10    Department in 1937; from 1945 to 1948 he served as a Palatine
11    police officer; he was elected chief of  the  Volunteer  Fire
12    Department in 1953, and became the first full-time fire chief
13    of  Palatine  in  1960;  after 42 years of service, Mr. Helms
14    retired in 1979; and

15        WHEREAS, Orville Helms was a member of  St.  Paul  United
16    Church  of  Christ;  he  was a charter member of the Palatine
17    Rotary Club and the Over the Hill Gang of Palatine; and

18        WHEREAS, The passing of Orville F. Helms will  be  deeply
19    felt  by  all  who  knew  and loved him, especially his wife,
20    Bernice; his sons,  Orrin  (wife,  Gloria)  Helms  and  Allen
21    (wife,  Melody)  Helms;  his  daughter, Carol (husband, Bill)
22    Gitzke; his grandchildren, Brad (wife,  Jerri)  Helms,  Darcy
23    (husband,  Ed)  De  Luga, Shelly (husband, Marty) Van Anrooy,
24    and Bill Gitzke; and his six great-grandchildren;  therefore,
25    be it

27    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
28    his family and friends, the death of Orville F. Helms; and be
29    it further

30        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
31    presented to the family of Orville F. Helms.

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