Born Nov. 4, 1914 in Alliance, he was the son of Sumner and Cora (Taylor) Wilhelm. He lived on a farm in Atwater and graduated from Atwater High School in 1932. From 1940 until 1962, he lived in Limaville.
Mr. Wilhelm was employed as a hammerman at Transhue and Williams Steel Forging Co. in Alliance. He also was a carpenter in the Stark and Portage County areas before moving to California, where he worked as a carpenter for 26 years. Following his retirement in 1978, he served as a Pinkerton Security Officer for more than 14 years.
He called for many area square dances, including the Reister's Good Time Party held in the Atwater Town Hall and dances held in the Lexington Grange.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia, to whom he was married for 23 years; son, Jay S. of Sealy, Texas; daughter, Donna Lee Gunn of Dade City, Fla.; stepdaughter, Judith Costa of Cupertino, Calif; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother, Jasper E. of Randolph; and sister, Mable Hambleton of Hudson. His brother, Delson, and sisters, Lucille Slabaugh and Edna Johnson, died previously.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held in Gilroy, Calif. A memorial service to be held at the Atwater Congregational United Church of Christ will be announced. Burial will be in Marlboro Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel.