The Curry Coastal Pilot

Charles Michael Helfrich, 68, of Coos Bay, died Sept. 24, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz.

Mike was born Dec. 4, 1942, in Portland, to John Michael and Lelah Marguerite (Schirmer) Helfrich.

Mike was a graduate of North Eugene High School and Southern Oregon College.

He retired as a vice president of US Bank after 25 years. Mike was also very active in youth athletics, spending 25 years coaching various sports, including 15 years as a volunteer coach for Marshfield High School football. He was a past president of Jaycees, Lions, Kiwanis, Booster Clubs and Brookings, Ashland and Bay Area Chambers of Commerce. He was a member of the Rogue Valley and Coos Country Club. Mike was active in the Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board as Vice Chair and budget committee, Oregon International Port of Coos Bay and budget committee, Charleston Advisory Committee, Bay Area Sportsman's Association, Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor and Convention Bureau, South Coast Marine Reserve Recommendation Committee, Coos County Urban Renewal and Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Mike's retirement was filled with his favorite activities. He enjoyed spending countless hours with his wife, Linda, as well as fishing, hunting, crabbing, clamming, and attending every possible athletic event he could, sandwiched between time with his sons and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Linda K. Helfrich; sons John Helfrich and wife Sheila, and their children Joe, Mollin and Jane Helfrich; Mark Helfrich and wife Megan, and their children Max and Maggie James Helfrich; brother Patrick Helfrich and wife Joan.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life service was held Sept. 29 at the Marshfield High School Harding building gymnasium in Coos Bay. Pastor Don Berney officiated.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Helfrich Family Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 1541 Coos Bay, OR 97420.

Arrangements under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guest book at

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Coos Bay Chapel.