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Joseph Jerome Hellmann, III

June 19, 1945 - October 6, 2017

Joseph Jerome Hellmann, III died unexpectedly while travelling abroad on October 6, 2017 at the age of 72.  Joe was born on June 19, 1945 in Louisville, Kentucky to Joseph Jerome Hellmann, Jr., and Georgia Eubanks Hellmann and was the middle of three children.  He loved reminiscing about his upbringing in Germantown with his beloved siblings, Joyce and Gary, with whom he shared a lifelong love of music, particularly jazz and blues.

After graduating Trinity High School in Kentucky, Joe received a degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where he met and married the love of his life, Jane Jones Hellmann.  They were happily married over 49 years until her passing, and together raised two beloved daughters, Amy and Heather.

Joe worked in the chemicals and plastics industry for over 42 years in various commercial-related roles; 20 years with DuPont while living in Kansas, Delaware, Connecticut and Texas; 22 years with Occidental Petroleum (Chemical) in Illinois, and the last 20 years (before retirement in 2010) working in Dallas with their international businesses involving extensive worldwide travel.  He made lifelong friendships during his trips around the globe, which he treasured and maintained in his retirement.  It was also during this time which he heightened his interest in international foods and wines, as well as golf, and did his best to enjoy them as often as possible!

After devoting many years to the care of his beloved wife “Janie”, Joe was able to embrace his passion for travel as a tourist.  This past year, he enjoyed visits to Florida, Louisiana, Utah, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Maine, and further adventures to England and Italy.

Joe never missed the opportunity to let those in his life know that he loved them.  He loved his family and friends deeply and richly, but none so especially as his grandchildren.  They brought him great pride and joy, and he was active and involved in their lives. 

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jane Jones Hellmann, and sister Joyce Hellmann Bizot. 

He is survived by daughter Amy Hellmann Waterbury and grandsons Mark Henry Waterbury, V, and Joseph Garrett Waterbury of Allen, TX; daughter Heather Hellmann Johnson and husband Clay, granddaughter Emily Jane Johnson and grandson Matthew Morgan Johnson of Sulphur Springs, TX; daughter of his heart Jill Moyher Wede and husband Scott of Lantana, TX; brother Gary Hellmann and wife Debbie of Clemmons, NC; brother-in-law Richard Byron Bizot, Sr. of Jacksonville, FL; brothers and sisters-in-law Robert Jones and wife Sandy of Overland Park, KS and Ernest Jones and wife Nancy of Richmond, MO; cousin Donna Hellmann and Ben Coggins of McKinney, TX; beloved friend Pat Schrader of Plano, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

A funeral Mass celebrating Joe’s life will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 20, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas 75023.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Parkinson Voice Project, 646 North Coit Road, Suite 2250, Richardson, Texas 75080.

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Joe was a very unique, sweet, kind, genuine and caring person. About a year ago or so, I received a phone call from him at work, personally thanking me for the get well card that I had mailed him (when he had his heart surgery). He said that he was deeply touched by my card and my gesture. Little did he know how much I was touched so many times by his kindness, by his actions of professionalism, and his great example in what it is to be a good husband, father, colleague and friend. Joe will be missed by all of these people who knew him because he made a difference in many people’s lives! We absolutely loved working with Joe here at the Oxy International team! Always wishing good morning to everyone when he walked by. A real gentleman…. Rest in peace my friend, we will miss you! Ana Maschinski, October 20, 2017 Amy & Heather Thank you for sharing your Dad with us! He was beyond special and there are no words to express the hole his loss has left, You will forever be our sister’s, our family! Our prayers, hugs and love are with you today and all those to come. Love so much, Jill & Scott Jill & Scott Wede, October 20, 2017 Oh, friend for twenty years, I will miss you. But not in my heart and mind, for there you will linger reminding me how to be a better man by your example and giving me gentle support and counsel. You were a great father and constant companion and my admiration for your success in those roles knows no bounds. Hope to see you down the road, Mike. Lee Harrington, October 19, 2017 I loved this guy he was a complete person. He will be missed! Mike
Mike Graven, October 17, 2017 I have had the pleasure of meeting your father several times when he came over on business trips to our office in Belgium. He was such a gentleman. He was the kind of person I really admired. He realized so many things within the company but always remained so polite and humble. He stayed in touch after his retirement. Each year after 9/11 he sent me an email in memory of. He was in our office in Belgium on 9/11 together with Helmut when I had to inform everyone about the tragedy. And also this year I got an email from him. I got his email while I was on holiday but replied to him the week after. I guess he must have already left on his European holiday by then. So 9/11 will have an even more special meaning to me as of now. I will never ever forget your father. A father to be proud of ! My deepest sympathy. Evi Evi Jacobs, October 16, 2017 Good memories of Holy Spirit and Trinity growing up in Louisville, KY. Wonderful to meet Jane in our "grown up" years. Glad you are together again. Sincere sympathy to all Joe's family and friends. Hope your good memories help lift your spirits in the days ahead. Keeping everyone in our prayers. Bill and Anne Hill Bill and Anne Hill, October 15, 2017 Joe was a good high school friend; miss him Wayne wayne fangman, October 15, 2017 Adios my friend. Knew you a long time and liked you a lot the whole time. So glad you got to meet Fay and the three of us got to spend a bit of time together. Mike Cardwell, October 14, 2017 Joe was God's gift and we are very thankful he shared it with us. SYLVIA AND CAMPBELL SCOTT, October 13, 2017 Amy My prayers are with you and your family. Matthew 5:4 
Jay Harper, October 12, 2017 My most sincere condolences to the family. I am heart-broken to say the least. Joe was one of the warmest and most genuine people I have ever worked with. I worked with Joe in the International division of OxyChem from 2001 - 2010. Joe was always so kind to introduce me to all the big-wigs that came to Oxy. Joe understood that I wasn't only a secretary/administrative assistant. He understood how important I was as a representative of the company and that is so hard to find these days. We were supposed to get together for lunch after his last trip but we never got around to that. The world was a better place with Joe Hellmann in it and it will be a little less cheery without him. I will miss my friend and wish him peace in his new life alongside the love of his life, Jane. God bless all of you. Marta Lopez, October 12, 2017 We will miss Joe's gentleness and kindness among us. But Heaven is rejoicing while we are still adjusting to his passing. We only knew him for the past few years but he was clearly a gentleman in all the best senses of that term. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Keith & Terry Gardner, October 12, 2017
I'm so sorry about the loss of your last parent. I did not know Joe well but did enjoy talking to him when I brought soup over when your Mother was ill. I knew her better as we were both in the same P.E.O. chapter. Both were kind and loving friends. Cherie Cherie Donels, October 11, 2017 When I first met Joe when he came to Baker in 1965, my first impression was what an incredible Southern gentleman this guy was. His voice, his demeanor, his clothes, and his courtesy really fit the picture I had in my mind. And during the more than 45 years since, nothing has changed. Joe continued to be that perfect gentleman. His love and dedication for Janie was incredible and gave each of us that are married a goal to strive towards in being a husband. His love for his daughters was equally great and he continued till God called him home, to always brag on them. Likewise, the brightness in his eyes when he mentioned his grand children could be seen by everyone. He was equally proud of each of them and loved them so much. Joe will be missed by everyone that knew him well because he cared deeply about all his friends. Here's one to you Joe, thanks for the memories. Butch Milks Butch Milks, October 11, 2017 Joe was a friend and work colleague at OxyChem for many years. He always brought out the best in people and genuinely demonstrated concern and love and a desire to give a helping hand. He never shied away from showing his love for Jane and the girls. His love and devotion to Jane during her years of declining health was such a loving example of how Christ loves us. Total love, devotion and giving of one's self. I will miss my visits with Joe as my wife Karen and I would pass through Dallas and spend a couple of hours catching up. I am grateful for the example he set as a man who exemplified the very best of humanity. My heart breaks for the family as in a short time have lost both mom, dad, grandma and grandad. Words cannot adequately express our feelings in times like this so I search for comfort from our Heavenly Father with words that come from the Bible like Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" and Psalm 23:3 "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Know that we are praying for you during this time of grieving and loss. Much love, Charles and Karen Clark Charles Clark, October 11, 2017 Patrick & Rita Davis
Patrick & Rita Davis, October 11, 2017
A man of quiet elegance, charm and humor, Joe was a loyal and trusted friend and a raconteur of great renown. His travel stories and tales of strange moments and various mishaps among his Oxy cronies bordered on folk legend. When he entered a room, you knew the fun would begin and another tale would be woven and perhaps become legend. My very deepest condolences to his beautiful family and to the many friends who join me in inconsolable grief at this incredibly painful loss. RIP dearest Joe, yours was a life well spent and shared. Lauraine O'Neil, October 11, 2017