Michael James Wilhelm, a resident of Berryville, Arkansas, was born on August 25, 1941 in Paris, Arkansas, a son of Richard Elias and Lucille Frances (Sewell) Wilhelm. He departed this life Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Berryville, AR at the age of 72 years.
He attended Sacred Heart Catholic grade school in Charleston, AR and attended high school at Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, AR. Michael proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a Corporal. He served as a 22nd Marine Recon from 1959-1963. He returned home and became a skilled brick and stone mason working throughout Arkansas. He loved the Lord with all his heart and he was a member of the Faith Christian Family Church. He loved music and was a devoted member of the praise and worship team at FCFC where he played his saxophone. Gardening and being outdoors was his passion. But most of all he loved spending time with his family.
On October 22, 1965, he was united in marriage with Barbara Ruth Neissl who survives him of the home. He is also survived by sons, Andrew Wilhelm of Berryville, AR; Hans & wife Marit Wilhelm of South Dakota; Paul & wife Mary Ellen Wilhelm of Kansas; Tobias & wife Tiffany Wilhelm of Colorado; daughter, Lee Wilhelm of Arkansas; sisters, Barbara Hood of Charleston, AR; Joan Manning of Georgia; and Judy Hart of Arkansas; grandchildren, Lexie, Michael, Zachary, Nathaniel, Lucas, Charlie, Spenser, Isabel, Cate, Ana, Raef, Georgi, and Alannah; several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Lucille Wilhelm, two brothers, Richard L. & Paul J. Wilhelm; one sister, Joyce P. Wilhelm; one daughter-in-law, Laurie Wilhelm.
Memorial service was held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Faith Christian Family Church with Rev. Marvin Peterson officiating. Service arrangements were made with Nelson Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to any First National Bank of Green Forest branch, c/o Barbara Wilhelm to help with medical expenses.