Raymond Helminiak, a Wisconsin writer and former board member and president of the Council for Wisconsin Writers, died Sept. 9 at age 92 at his home in Mequon.
Those who knew him can see his obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which notes that memorials may be sent to the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Anyone interested in making a donation to CWW in Raymond’s honor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Journal Sentinel obituary hailed Raymond as a “Renaissance man before his time.” Among the many accomplishments of his remarkable life, which included serving in the U.S. Air Force from which he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel, were being a founding member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
According to his obituary, “Helminiak was a prolific and award winning writer, who authored more than 100 articles for the Milwaukee Journal, the Milwaukee Sentinel, Wisconsin Trails Magazine, Exclusively Yours Magazine and other regional and national publications. His subject matter was primarily aviation related, but he also wrote of the outdoors, kayaking, soup recipes, and family humor.”
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Moevs Helminiak, their son Jon Helminiak of Milwaukee who was also a CWW board member, and their daughter Lyn (Helminiak) Falk of Theinsville, Wisconsin.