Gilbert Leon Helt was a summer baby, born very early in August, 1959. His parents, Leon and Glenna Helt of Caldwell, Idaho were glad to welcome him home to their 5-acre farm and dairy where he joined his big sister, Connie Helt Howard. Shortly, after, his 2 little sisters Carla Helt McWilliams and Cara Helt Pietlicki were added to the mix.
There were all kinds of fun things for a little boy on the farm: cows and calves, banty hens with tiny chicks, big, fluffy, farm dogs and mama cats with soft kittens. Gilbert's father did land moving, hauling and excavation as well, so there were trucks, tractors and other machinery galore. Also, different types of dirt were stored—heaven on earth for a busy boy!!
As a youngster, some other things he loved to do, were to “play school” with his sisters in the dining room, and build wooden block sides to the “roads" he built for his trucks. All 4 siblings sang around the piano with mom, Glenna, and enjoyed lots of church activities.
He began school at Maple Grove Elementary, but needed a little more assistance, so was moved into Caldwell City Schools where they had special classes. He remained there for the rest of his public-school education.
Further training happened for him through Job Corp. He next began assisting with caring for horses at the Boise race track.
Through the years he was awesome help to family members with moving tasks, yard work, and other projects. He enjoyed holiday meals and family barbeques with Mom, Grandma, and his sisters’ “good cooking.” He often helped with the dishes in order to have a good chat.
He was able to remain at home until about age 22, then moved into a shelter home setting. Most of his remaining years, he lived in Nampa. Recently, he moved to a lovely shelter home in Eagle where one of his last tasks was to help with decorating the Christmas tree. It gave him great joy!
His death came very unexpectedly after E.R. treatment for a head wound received from a fall, also uncovered large growth masses in his stomach, near his liver, and in his colon. Hospice arrangements were made, but he passed quietly in his sleep, December 4th.
A Memorial service is being planned for January at Treasure Valley Church of Christ in Boise.
Current arrangements are being handled by Flahiff Chapel in Caldwell.