Thomas “Willie” Wilhelm, age 67 passed away Saturday, December 5, 2020 at his home in Redkey.
He was a member of the Redkey United Methodist Church and was retired from Sterling Casting in Bluffton after 25 years. He was a member of the Circle X in Winchester, the GMP Union Local # 455, and the National Rifle Assoc.. He was an avid Nascar follower and Dale Earnhardt fan.
Thomas was born November 19, 1953 in Wabash, Indiana the son of Harry and Wanda (Matthews) Wilhelm. He was married to Louann Cline on February 1, 1997. She passed away on April 10, 2013.
Brother- William Wilhelm (wife-Sindi), Decatur
Sister- Jayne Bailey (husband-Tom), Alabama
Half brother- James Wilhelm, Portland, Half Sister- Ruthie Paul, Dunkirk
Step Daughter- Jackie Sheridan (husband-Tim), Ft. Recovery
A special nephew- Michael D. Cline and several other nieces and nephews
Mother in law- Joyce Harshbarger, Lynn, 2 Brothers in law- Michael R. Cline (wife-Lisa), Dunkirk, and David R. Cline (wife-LeeAnn), Hope Mills, N.C., 3 Sisters in law-Blair Hart, Lynn, Katie Jane Wright (husband-Brad), Hartford City, Tonya Jo Cornelius (husband-James), Elbert, CO., Step Mother in law- Linda A. Cline, Winchester
7 Grandchildren- Ethan, Emilie, Owen, Aiden, Tasha, Elijah, and Jacob.
He was preceded in death by 2 Brothers- Kevin and Stephen Wilhelm, and a step son- Gary McCowan.
Visitation will be held from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday at the Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00am at the funeral home. His nephew, Michael D. Cline will officiate the services and burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, south of Redkey, Indiana.
Memorials may be directed to the Jay County Heart Fund
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