|Holger Olaf Hellwig|
|July 8, 1950 - April 17, 2016|
ContactsMetropolitan Funeral Service - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-6400 - Map
|Ascension Lutheran Church - 900 Washington Crossing Road, Newtown, PA 18940 - 215-497-0447 - Map|
|Horsham VFW Post 9788 - 324 Sawmill Road, Horsham, PA 19044 - 215-675-8258 - Map|
|Washington Crossing National Cemetery - 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940 - 800-535-1117 - Map|
|Donation - Wounded Warrior Project - PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 - 877-832-6997 - Map|
The following tribute was composed Holger Olaf Hellwig’s family:
Holger Olaf Hellwig of Warrington, PA passed away on April 17, 2016 at Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA after a long illness. Holger was 65 years old.
Born on July 8th, 1950 in Berlin, Germany to Gert Olaf Hellwig and Jutta Maria Magdalena (Winkler) Hellwig, he was the oldest of five children.
Some knew him as Holger, some as Olaf (a name change later in life in remembrance of his father.) He graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1968 and entered the Army in 1969 during the Vietnam War where he served in Germany. After his service, Holger earned a living by utilizing skills that were inherent in him. He was a licensed Realtor, artist, poet/writer, woodworker, carpenter, painter, plumber and landscaper throughout his life. His work ethic and dedication to whatever project he worked on was always appreciated by his clients. A longtime member of the Horsham VFW, he enjoyed his time with friends.
He was a loving son, brother, father and friend and will be missed.
Holger was preceded in death by his father, Gert Olaf Hellwig, his step-son Michael Krall, and son Ryan Hellwig. He is survived by his long time companion Gail Black, Hillary Hellwig Sicilia (daughter), Lily and Madison (granddaughters), Jutta Hellwig (mother), Jens Hellwig (Karen), Lars Hellwig (Laura), Ivy (Hellwig) Abendroth (Dieter), Sven Hellwig Sr. (Karen), many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and his dog Thor.
While we are awaiting the opportunity for all family members to attend, a full military honor service will be held on June 24th, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940. The Hellwig family welcomes all to attend this military honor given to Holger. A “Celebration of Life” gathering will immediately follow at the Horsham VFW, Horsham, PA, 19044. We look forward to sharing memories of him with you.
Remembering my brother, Holger Olaf Hellwig
A son, a brother, a husband, a father to three wonderful children (Michael, Ryan & Hillary) a grandfather and a good friend to many.
He was a strong soldier who in his teens chose honor, respect and commitment, to serve his country as a US Cavalry Army Soldier. He received a National Defense Service Metal (M-14 sharp shooter) while he served in the Vietnam era, as he protected his family and yours. God bless and thank you to him and all those who serve.
My respect for him was immense. I learned so much from him, starting in my childhood when I looked up to him for all the cool things he was as a big brother. Then as a teenager he taught me all about cars, girls and more. I know all about cars now, but I’m still learning about the girls. He could have given me more lessons there.
Then as a young adult I learned even more from him on how wonderful and how tough life can be, while I experienced it through him with his loves and losses. First, there was the loss of the wonderful loving relationships with his prior wives by divorce, but those relationships also produced the great joy of two wonderful children. Then the passing of our father (Papa), and the tragic loss of his sons, Michael (Krall) and Ryan which was devastating. His world rose and set on all of his children and that loss was particularly hard for him to deal with. But with the Lord’s help and Holger’s faith, he picked himself up and carried on.
While his life was not always easy he always loved to live it, making the most of the good times (as you’ll see in the pictures I’ve added). And, the love of his family and friends are what made the good times the best they could be.
I will never forget the great times we had taking our sons on camping trips. Just the boy’s weekend out, doing the fun stupid antics that boys do. For example sinking the sail boat because we overloaded the two man boat. We laughed so hard we cried! As well as scaring each other with the fuzzy fake bear claw from behind. Of course laughing our asses off some more. Those were good times, with brothers and cousins, which my son and I will remember and cherish forever.
He fought a good fight against the illness that plagued him for the past many years and he was blessed with more time than his doctors expected.
Holger’s friend, Joe, described his life well in an analogy that I’ve taken the liberty of elaborating on. He said “Holger had a very tough paper route with a lot of uphill climbs.” Where he is now, all of his bike rides are downhill on a sunny day, with the wind at his back and a smile on his face. Riding right alongside of him are his two boys, his Papa, Omi and other loved ones.
Holger had a strong faith in the Lord, and prayed to Him often to forgive him of his sins and the sins of his loved ones. He vowed to serve Him, so that he and his family could be welcome in the kingdom of the power and the glory for ever and ever, Amen.
You are finally free my brother, fly high and always look down, because I’ll always be looking up to you.
Go in peace Holger.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 www.woundedwarriorproject.org.