Jim Heldenbrand, 89, died on January 7, 2020 in Frederick, Maryland.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Myrna Westgate; son, David and wife Jennifer of Mapleton, Utah; son, Paul and wife Lupe of Woodbine, Maryland; daughter, Rebecca and husband Bernard Smith of Braddock Heights, Maryland; and daughter, Ruth and husband Jean Pierre (J. P.) Cowell of Rohrersville, Maryland; grandchildren, Julieta and husband Jordan Rine, David Heldenbrand, and Lexi Smith; great-granddaughter, Faith Reeves; brother, Richard Heldenbrand and wife Ruth of Goshen, Indiana; and sister, Arla Mae and husband William McNeff of Burnsville, Minnesota.
His parents, Rex and Grace Heldenbrand preceded him in death.
Mr. Heldenbrand was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and attended Lincoln High, where he played football and met Myrna. In 1952 he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and he was a member of the M.E. honorary society Pi Tau Sigma, Cornhuskers football team and Air Force ROTC. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was a commercially-rated private pilot. He was employed by Douglas Aircraft, Honeywell, National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly NBS), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He was Manager of Standards for ASHRAE at the time of his retirement. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church, holding various positions of leadership including Frederick Rescue Mission Meal Coordinator and enjoyed volunteering on home repair trips with the church until age 80.
Interment will be at Juniata Cemetery in Juniata, Nebraska on January 18, at 1:30 p.m. (Boyd E. Braman Mortuary in Omaha is in charge of arrangements.) A memorial service at Middletown United Methodist Church in Middletown, Maryland will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Middletown UMC, 7108 Fern Ct, Middletown, MD 21769.