Robert Charles Helander


Robert Charles Helander (81) entered into his heavenly home Friday, February 25th, 2022. Services will be at Watson & Sons funeral home in Center, Tx on Saturday, March 5th, 2022. Visitation will be prior to the service at 1 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

Born in Houston, Texas on August, 4th 1940 to Robert (Bob) H. and Allie Jane Chance Helander. He graduated from Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Tx and attended Stephen F. Austin State University.

He served as a Staff Sargent in the United States Air Force Reserves from 1962 to 1968.

On September 24th, 1965 he married his love Sandra Rose Theiler. Early 70s Robert and Sandie moved to Flat Fork to raise their children Susan and Chance.

Robert worked a number of jobs as a bond underwriter, chicken farmer, wrecker driver, log truck driver, and retired from Tyson Foods after 12 years of being a long haul driver.

After Robert retired he enjoyed going to visit the surrounding nursing homes with his church family. Nothing made him happier than to visit with the residents.

Robert was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Survived by:

Wife of 56 years Sandra (Sandie) Helander


Susan Helander Snider and Monte Griffith of Tenaha, Tx


Chance and Patti Helander of Crosby, Tx


Whitley Helander

Caleb Helander and fiance Nicole Dalton Snider

Clay Helander

Special nephew

Kevin Theiler and Pam

A host of cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Bob & Jane Helander, mother and father in law Jake and Valentine Theiler, Sister in law Thelma Theiler, Great Aunt Allie Elder, and Great Niece Brooke Theiler.

Special thanks to Affinity Hospice staff, especially Sara Lloyd RN, Kathy Espry RN, Mallory Wright LVN, Tristan Wilburn, Donna Moss.

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