Let the memory of Helmer "Sonny" be with us forever
  • 78 years old
  • Born on December 10, 1933 in Visalia, California, United States.
  • Passed away on March 7, 2012 in San Jose, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Helmer "Sonny" Stormo, 78, born on December 10, 1933 and passed away on March 7, 2012.

On March 13, 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose
Viewing from 9am-1pm in Room F
Transfer to Chapel at 1pm
Viewing 1pm to 2pm in the Chapel of Roses
Service at 2pm in the Chapel of Roses
Military Honors 3pm in the Chapel of Roses
Reception after services in the Drawing Room

  We will remember him forever.

Sonny joined the US Navy August 1951.  First ship served on was USS WALKE DD-723 for 3.5 years.  Served on USS BAUER DE-1025 for 2.5 years.  Was stationed in Japan for 3 years, Guam 2.5 years, Hawaii 7.5 years total, Treasure Island 2 years, Vietnam 1 year.  Attended Radiomen Class A and Class B Navy Schools, and 4 months training at Fort Monmouth, NJ on the AUTODIN computer system.  

Posted by Richard Stormo on 10th December 2018
Happy 85th Birthday Dad. I think of you and Mom often and miss you both very much. Love, Rich, Carol, Sarah and Xander
Posted by Judie Hayes on 10th December 2016
I miss Sonny and his friendship every day, and I never forget that Dec. 10 is his birthday. He was so kind and thoughtful to us in the Senior Citizens Chat Room, and we always planned for all of us to meet some day and have a big ole reunion...but we never got it all together. Happy thoughts and memories of you, Sonny. Will see you again some day. Judie
Posted by Edie Scott on 8th March 2016
Hey Helmer! I can't believe it's been four years! I lost my Mom four months after you passed and my world was so hard without your advise and guidance and without my Mom. I remember thinking that if you were still here you would have been my support when I lost Mom. Then I remember thinking that you were both in Heaven, probably already sharing secrets and stories and having a fabulous laugh fest... that made me smile. I think about that laugh fest when I miss you and when I miss my Mom. Keep laughing!!!!!
Posted by Richard Stormo on 7th March 2016
Hi Dad, This is the 4th anniversary of your passing. Hard to believe I was 25 years old when you were my age. Each year of fatherhood makes me appreciate you more. We miss and love you very much. Love, Rich, Carol, Sarah and Xander
Posted by Richard Stormo on 7th March 2015
Wow dad it's been three years. You are always on my mind, and for better or worse I find myself becoming a bit more like you each passing year. :) I also see a lot of you in your grandson Xander. We love and miss you. Rich, Carol, Sarah, Xander
Posted by Richard Stormo on 10th December 2014
Happy Birthday Dad. We have missed you so much, especially at family gatherings where you are still in our thoughts, words and emotions. Your two brothers (Don and Harris) still tease each other, but it isn't the same without you. Your grand kids Sarah and Xander became teenagers this year and while there is the usual teenage angst, you would be proud of the young adults they are growing into. Love, Rich, Carol, Sarah and Xander
Posted by Edie Scott on 17th October 2014
Just missing you today...
Posted by Stephanie Henry on 31st August 2014
Helmet was my grandfather and my father mentor and so much more I miss him so much
Posted by Richard Stormo on 7th March 2014
We miss you every single day. We can't believe you were taken from us so soon. We miss your thoughtfulness throughout the year. You never missed the opportunity to celebrate birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. Sarah and Alexander miss their loving grandfather and Rich and I miss a loving father. The wonderful memories we have of you at our home and at gatherings with family are precious to us. You are dearly loved and missed.
Posted by Edie Scott on 7th March 2013
I can't believe it's been a year. Losing Helmer was like losing a member of my family. I miss him terribly. He always had such positive, funny things to say. We could talk on the phone for hours. I lost my Mom in July and I can just see Helmer telling my mother all the things I did in California that were supposed to be secret and both of them laughing.... God Bless you Helmer
Posted by Chris Liberatore on 13th March 2012
Sonny was a devoted Grandfather and a wonderful man. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. RIP Sonny.....we'll miss all your wonderful and informative emails.....
Posted by Wendy Stidham on 12th March 2012
I met Sonny back in 1987 when I went to see my dad, Lee. I remember him as a warm and funny person that I wish I had known better. My thoughts and prayers are with y'all.
Posted by Frances Kotsubo on 11th March 2012
Helmer and I first met when he came to work at Gill Cable back in 1974. He was a great person, hard working, a wonderful family man who always spoke so highly of his family. We stayed in touch even after he left the cable company. I last spoke with Helmer this past January. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Helmer, I will miss you.
Posted by Charlotte Barthelmes on 11th March 2012
Sonny & I became friends in the SCC Readers Chat Room in 1998. He was one of the first friends I met online & one I'll never forget. When I ended up in rehab after open heart surgery in 2007 he was one who called & helped to get me through a rough time. I'll always remember you, Sonny. "Cheerful Charley"
Posted by Dennis Holmquist on 10th March 2012
I worked with Helmer from 1988 until his retirement. We were good friends the whole time. I found his knowledge of our job to be excellent to guide us each day. He was a very friendly guy to be around and I enjoyed his friendship very much. He will be missed by all his co-workers he had at Onizuka Air Station. God Bless you Helmer.
Posted by Edie Scott on 9th March 2012
I too knew Helmer/Sonny from Onizuka Air Station in the 80's and 90's. Helmer was nothing short of family for all of us who went to San Jose from Colorado. Helmer and his family welcomed us into their home for special occassions and holidays and included us in their family gatherings. Those are some of my happiest and most comforting memories. Helmer was love by all of us.
Posted by Barbara Balvanz on 9th March 2012
I first met Sonny in the early 90's on an AOL website for seniors in San Jose. My husband was terminally ill, and Sonny shared with me the loss of his dear wife.He was one of the most caring people I have ever met, which he displayed in helping raise two of his grandchildren. I deeply regret not keeping in touch with him. Thank you, dear Sonny, for you love and kindnesses.
Posted by Ray McCauley on 9th March 2012
I knew Helmer from working at Onizuka Air force Station in the Data Center and found him to be a very caring man who would gladly share any knowledge he had to get the job done. I talked to him after retirement and discovered his political feeling. I will miss his e-mails and am very happy I had the chance to know him.
Posted by Judie Hayes on 9th March 2012
Sonny was a close and treasured friend since 1998. I will miss his many emails and phone calls and will never forget him. He was a very special gentleman who cared greatly for his family and friends. All of his family are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP....dearest Sonny. I miss you.

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