Richard Helmig, head of equipment company


Richard W. Helmig, retired president of a printing equipment company, died Monday of heart disease at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

L He was 82 and lived on Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills.

He started the Rotographic Machine Co. in the mid-1970s. He retired nearly four years ago as president of the firm and as vice president of the Motter Printing Co. in York, Pa., which had

bought his company.

He held a number of patents on printing and die cutting equipment.

He came to the Baltimore area in 1968 as a business consultant with Dalsemer, Katzen & Associates, then became executive vice president of the Ward Machinery Co., a box-making equipment firm, before he started Rotographic. Earlier, he was vice president of printing and electrical equipment manufacturing companies in Cleveland.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, he became interested in flying there and early in life was licensed as a private pilot.

A memorial service was to be conducted at 1 p.m. today at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Thomas Lane and Garrison Forest in Owings Mills.

Mr. Helmig is survived by his wife, the former Betsy Barker; a son, Richard Gary Helmig of Wilton, Conn.; two stepsons, John Tracy of Milwaukee and David Tracy of Owings Mills; a stepdaughter, Melinda Lee of Cleveland; a sister, Rosemary Richards of Dayton; three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to St. Thomas' Church.

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