Neil Everett Helwig, 69, of Westfield, Indiana, passed away peacefully at home on January 9, 2022.
Neil was born on January 22, 1952, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of William and Helga (Sandin) Helwig.
Neil was an engineer and founder of Helwig Engineering and HE Enterprises, and was an expert in aquaculture system design. His advances in modular, scalable systems using fiberglass, including the patented CycloBio® cyclonic sand biofilter, were widely adopted in the global aquaculture industry. Neil co-authored several publications in engineering journals, receiving the Superior Paper award from the Aquaculture Engineering Society in 2009.
Neil loved his family immensely, and is survived by his wife Patricia (Eldridge), two daughters; Megan Ebersole (Blake) of Carmel, Indiana, and Natalia Moister (Gregg) of Hutto, Texas, and three beloved grandchildren (Theodore, Chloe and Beckett).
Neil was a kid at heart, and enjoyed playing with his grandkids, music, road trips, science fiction and model trains. He was a member of the Greater Cincinnati Garden Railway Society, and helped to design and build the water features at EnterTRAINment Junction, the world’s largest indoor train display. Neil was a Freemason and former member of Washington Lodge 17 in Mason, Ohio. Most recently, Neil served as Worshipful Master of Lodge 421 in Carmel, Indiana.
Neil will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched. A celebration of Neil’s life will be conducted at a future time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Condolences may be sent to the family at Indianafuneralcare.com.