Allen “Andy” Anderson Helton, Jr.

Andy Helton, 73, of Waco, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at The Delaney at Lake Waco with family at his side.

Visitation: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Funeral Service: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at Lake Shore Funeral Home

Allen Anderson “Andy” Helton, Jr., was born April 25, 1946 in Lincoln, NE to CWO3 Allen A. Helton and Betty Maxine Bennett Helton.

Andy grew up in an Air Force family, moving with his father’s assignments in Nebraska, Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The family retired to Lincoln, Nebraska,where he finished high school and then joined the Marine Corps. As a Private First Class out of boot camp, Andy achieved his platoon’s “High Rifle” award and went on to Advanced Infantry Training. Promoted to Lance Corporal, Andy then went on to train in jungle warfare in Central America before being deployed to Vietnam. Andy was a Recon Marine, Alpha First Force radio operator, assigned with the Korean Marines in the northern highlands. There he sustained injuries, was medically evacuated to South Korea, then to the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, where he spent a year recovering from his injuries, including a deflated lung.

After his rehabilitation, Andy worked jobs as a bartender, ski instructor, installing house gutters, and framing carpenter and roofer. After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a business degree, Andy worked in sales for a pharmaceutical company.

Andy traveled to Texas where his parents had relocated and became a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Waco in 1978. He married the love of his life, Dee Sherman in 1985 in Ravenna, NE and they have lived in Waco since. Andy was a highly respected financial advisor for over 38 years with Merrill Lynch and UBS with many clients in Waco, central Texas, and in many other states.

Andy’s interests included scouting (he was an Eagle Scout), baseball and softball, water and snow skiing, white water rafting, backpacking, sky diving, mountain climbing, fly tying and fishing, music, hunting, flying, and Nebraska football. You could not stump him at trivia, though many tried.

Andy was a 32nd degree Mason and was a past Master of the James H. Lockwood Lodge in Waco. He was a member of Jack Sparks’ Fly Fishing Club, Jaycees, and city league softball in Waco.

Andy contracted throat cancer in 2000 but beat the cancer with treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He survived the cancer but the treatment caused life changing medical issues that he battled until his body could no longer sustain him.

Andy was preceded in death by his father, CWO3 Allen A. Helton; mother, Betty B. Helton; and sister, Kathleen L. Helton-Lange.

He is survived by his wife, Dee Sherman Helton; brother, David Helton of Canyon Lake and his wife, Cindy; brother, Paul Helton of Bates City, MO and his wife, Susan Whittemore Helton; nephews, Jason Helton of Denver, CO, and Karl Lange; nieces, Eleonore Lange Dudley and Lori Lange DeLeon; and myriad cousins, mostly in the Groom and Amarillo, TX area.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis “Bert” Curran, Steve Browning, Stanton Bussell, Ron “Magic” Kirkendall, Paul Brannen, and Roger Leisy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to MD Anderson Head and Neck Clinic in Houston; the Wounded Warrior Project, or Habitat for Humanity.

Thoughts and memories may be shared at

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Debra BakerCoventry

    So sorry to here about Andy.So many great memories of Riverfests in Austin.Sending hugs to Dee.This is James Erls ex.

  2. A life of humility so very well lived, leaving nothing to regret. Truly, I never heard him complain about anything.
    Such good times were had whenever Andy was around.
    My heart goes out to Dee, David, and all who were lucky to know him.
    I’m grateful that his hard times are over, but such a loss. There’s certain to be a great party in Heaven. <3

  3. Robert ( Bob ) Detlefsen

    Dee…….. I share with you the pain of the loss of Andy, and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Dear Dee and family, all our love and he is in our prayers.
    Greg and Sandy Peters, Lincoln

  5. I feel fortunate to have known Andy and Dee through Bert and Sally. What a wonderful man. What a sad, sad loss.

  6. To Andy’s family, sorry for your loss. Got to know Andy at Lincoln High School. Again, sorry for your loss, God Bless.

    Roger Ripley

  7. So sorry to hear of the loss of our neighbor and friend Andy. He was a kind person who often collected the papers for us when we went out of town. He taught us how to manage our new John Deere lawnmower among other neighborly things. We will sincerely miss him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Dee and family. Our prayers are with you.

  8. Dee, so sorry for the loss of Andy – our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Greg & Sandy Peters

  9. Dear Dee and family. I am so sorry to hear about Andy’s death. He and Joe were great friends and he was always so kind and considerate, a true gentleman. I know you miss him terribly and I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Lee/Beverly Stroman

    As as a friend of Dave and Cindy and as AF retired Veveteran our thoughts and prayers go out to friends and family.

  11. Dee,
    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. Please let us know if there is anything which we can do to help you. May he rest in peace.
    Bobby & Sharon Rios

  12. So sorry for the loss of Andy. We feel fortunate to have known Andy. He is on our prayers.

  13. Bob "Steele" Warniers

    Heartbroken to hear of Andy’s passing. With much grief and sorrow I offer prayers and condolences to Dee, David and Paul and their families and friends. RIP my old and good friend, I’ll ALWAYS miss you. -Steele

  14. Mr. Helton was one of the nicest individuals I knew. I was a blessing to have known him. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  15. Bob "Steele" Warniers

    A tree has been planted in Andy Heltons name.

  16. Mr. Helton was a big part of our family for as long as I can remember. He was a wonderful human being and will be greatly missed. May he Rest In Peace and God bless his family.

  17. I’m so very sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. He was such a great guy and we always had so much fun when he came to Austin to visit us. He was so sweet & funny, always so happy with a big smile and never complained or had an unkind word to say about anything or anyone. My sincerest condolences to Dee, Dave & Cindy and the rest of his family. RIP, dear Andy. ❤️

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