Jim Hellmann is described as fun-loving and free-spirited

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 10:31 p.m. CDT; updated 3:46 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 18, 2012

Fun-loving. Free-spirited. Folksy. These are just some of the adjectives friends and family use to describe Jim Hellmann.

Jim brought a smile to everyone’s face and was known for his hilarious stories, passion for music, and uncanny ability to name any animal he came in contact with.


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Jim died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 16, 2012, while doing something he loved to do: run in Rock Bridge State Park.

Jim, the son of Robert and Joanne Hellmann, is survived by his parents; daughter, Andrea; son, Timothy; wife, Cathy; dogs, Gustav and Lucy; 2 fish, George and Saddam; and his roosters, Al Capone and Rufio.

Jim, a St. Louis native, was well known in Columbia for his music, hard work, and friendship. His memories will be treasured forever in the hearts of those who knew him. One week prior to his untimely death, he wrote a song, “I have to go. A different world calls for me. I’ll come back soon, and when I do, I’ll look for you.” We hope so Jim. You’ll be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Cooper’s Landing in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jim Hellmann’s honor at Second Chance Columbia.  Online condolences may be left for Jim’s family at

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