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Lawrence Hellkamp, 84, formerly of Benton, KY and Cincinnati, OH, peacefully passed away Tuesday morning, September 18, 2018, at his home in Columbus, GA.
Larry Hellkamp was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 12, 1934, to Elizabeth and Edward Hellkamp. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, and grandson Clint. He was a graduate of Purcell Marion High School. Larry Hellkamp was a Ship’s Photographer on the USS Tarawa during the Korean War. After serving four years in the Navy, he became an X-Ray Technician at Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital, eventually becoming the Chief Tech. He joined the Westinghouse Corporation as a Tech Rep for several years and later joined the Radiology Department of Cincinnati Jewish Hospital. As administrative head of Radiology, he created and implemented numerous procedures in the advancement of Radiologic Technology, most notably low-dose X-radiography for which he was inducted into the prestigious Phantom Society. He became the only non-MD appointed to the Board of Directors of Jewish Hospital. An innovator and creative thinker, he worked to turn around the struggling radiology department of Duke University Medical Center, then rejoined Cincinnati Jewish Hospital where he pioneered Mobile Diagnostics, eventually starting his own business, TSI. After retirement, Larry and his wife, Rita, ran Southern Komfort Resort and Marina in Benton, KY, before they moved to Georgia to be near family.
A competitive swimmer in high school, he never lost his love of the water and boating. He was also an accomplished longbow archer and marksman. Larry was a faithful Catholic and a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus who started the 40 hour adoration program at his parish.
Survivors include his wife Rita and ten children: Christine (Bernie) Nitz, Leo, Martin (Diane), Stephen, Thomas, Philip (Carol), Alex (Marcia), Paul (Charlotte), Lori (Lee), and Sara (Steven) Voynich, fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
A Rosary will be Friday, September 28th at 11:00 AM at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Columbus followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 with military honors. After Mass, guests are invited to visit with the family in the church’s Visitation Hall. Mr. Hellkamp will be privately interred by the military at Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, AL.
The Hellkamp Family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Pkwy, Ste. A, Columbus, GA 31909, 706-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Mr. Hellkamp below.