Bios

The personnel of the HELMSMEN QUARTET from western Michigan.

Gary Sportel is the tenor for the group. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children. He has been involved in the music program of his local church. He has his own masonry business in Kalamazoo, MI.

John Davis is a business owner from Sturgis, Michigan sings lead. He has previously sung in local groups. He has been involved in the musicals at the Blue Gate Theatre in Shipshawana, IN, and Sturgis Civic Players at Sturgis-Young Auditorium.  John and RoseAnn are married and have four children, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.

Mark Davis is the baritone singer. He lives in Allegan, Michigan. He owns a commercial janitorial business in Kalamazoo, MI. His wife, Kathy, and he have 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Mark started singing in quartets as a teenager with his Dad’s quartet, The Kalamazoo Ambassadors Quartet.  In the early 90’s he started his own group, the Cannanland Quartet.  Recently he moved to the baritone position because his voice has changed with his 3 surgeries in the last few years.

Corry Dekker is our bass singer.  Corry is married to Theresa and they have 4 daughters, 3 son in laws, and 2 grandchildren. He is General Manager of an agriculture machinery manufacturer. He. also has a mixed quartet called “Called Four”.  He and Theresa formerly sang in a mixed quartet named “In His Service”.  They collect, buy, and sell “antiques and uniques”.

Dave McKeith is the newest member of the Helmsmen. Currently Dave is our music coach, sound technician, and vocalist. He and his wife have been married 42 years with two children and two grandchildren. Dave is a trained music educator, BA from Wayne State University, MA from Western Michigan University; Major instrument was trombone in college, playing in several orchestras and bands, participating in community theatre groups and singing in professional choirs and sang baritone in a barbershop quartet, music teacher for 38 years in private and public schools. He is music director at Factoryville Bible Church. He also plays guitar, banjo and mandolin. His pastime is playing golf.

Ken Eash officially left the group in June of this year. He and Lorri are ordained Children’s Evangelists and available full-time to do children’s evangelistic meetings, VBS’s, and teacher training seminars.  You can follow their ministry:  eashfamilyministry.com.  He and Lorri have moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio. He plans on starting a Southern Gospel group after he gets settled there.