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Keith B. Helms, 81 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 28, 2021 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Keith was born on February 21, 1940 in Rock Falls, the son of Ellard and Blanche (Klocke) Helms. He was a United States Army National Guard Veteran. He married Carol Bates on January 6, 1980. She preceded him in death on November 25, 2020. Keith worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 30 years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, loved fishing and enjoyed doing yard work and helping the neighbors with theirs.

Survivors include his sons, Kevin (Mista) Helms of Rock Falls and Todd (Sarah) Helms of Chicago; his daughter, Laurie Helms of Bloomington; sisters, Carol (Joe) Rock of Dixon and Marilyn (Gilbert) Quick of Sterling; sister-in-law, Lois Helms of Rock Falls; grandchildren, Brian (Angelica) Tarbill, Brady (Jennifer) Tarbill, Kalib (Molly) Helms, Madison Helms, Megan Helms, Jacob Helms and Sage Helms; four great grandchildren, Olivia, Julian, Rylie and Kalvin; best friend, Tommy (Rena) Miller of Sterling and special neighbor, Mary Chriest of Rock Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; daughter, Julie Duncan; and one brother, William "Bill" Helms.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Reverend Scott Porter officiating.