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Charles Helleny

December 30, 1934 August 7, 2019
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Charles Helleny, 84 of Herrin, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at his residence.
Charles had a 50 year career with Herrin Security Bank, retiring in 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer.
He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Herrin Elks, Herrin Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and a past Jaycee. He was a member of the Herrin Masonic Lodge and the Ainad Shrine Temple. He was a member of the Herrin Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and the Herrin High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charles was a life long and ardent SIU Saluki fan. A men’s basketball game each season is now named The Charles Helleny Tip-Off Classic. He considered Saluki players, coaches, and staff his second family.
Charles was born December 30, 1934 in Damascus, Syria to Joseph and Katie (Neckley) Helleny.
Charles was united in marriage with Sharon Ruth Stewart Pappas on November 20, 1982 in Herrin, IL. She preceded him in death on October 13, 1990.
Surviving are nieces and nephews, Jamie (Jim) Bushong, Cathy Perucca Helleny, John (Sharon) Helleny, Joey Helleny, Jane (Craig) Herman, Robert (Cathy) Helleny; mother-in-law, Louise Stewart and brother-in-law, Bruce Stewart; Great nieces and nephews, Joe (Nina) Helleny, Katie (Scott) McFarland, Margaret (Nick) Snyder, Andrea (Ryan) Pourcillie, Allison (CJ) Alexander, Paul Badgett, Brandy Helleny, Sarah Helleny, Kristen (Max) Schloemann, Rebecca (Matthew) Maloney, Mary Kate Herman, Kim (Shane) Alexander and many great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents and four brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis and Zella Helleny, James and Jean Helleny, Edward and Sara Helleny and Taffie and E.J. Helleny and also by nephews, James Jr. and Joel Helleny.
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home in Herrin with Pastor Michael S. Neubert officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Herrin City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to SIU Charles Helleny Men’s Basketball Scholarship Fund, First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Herrin, or St. Francis Community Animal Rescue and Education.

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4:00 PM 8/10/2019 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/10/2019 8:00:00 PM
Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948

Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home
2704 South Park Avenue Herrin 62948 IL
United States

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2:00 PM 8/11/2019 2:00:00 PM
Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home

2704 South Park Avenue
Herrin, IL 62948

Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home
2704 South Park Avenue Herrin 62948 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Herrin City Cemetery Final Resting Place

Stotlar & Bandyville Road
Herrin, IL 62948

Stotlar & Bandyville Road Herrin 62948 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

S.I.U. Charles Helleny Basketball Scholarship Fund

S.I.U. Foundation, Colyer Hall
1235 Douglas Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

First Evangelical Presbyterian Church

421 North 14th Street
Herrin, IL 62948

St. Francis Care

6228 Country Club Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966

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