In Memory of

Charles Wilhelm

Full Name: Charles H. Wilhelm
Date of Birth: January 27, 1935
Date of Death: December 13, 2018

Service Information:
A Private Family Commital will be held.

Lewistown- Charles H. Wilhelm, 83, of Lewistown, passed away Thursday December 13, 2018 at his home.

He was born January 27, 1935 at Dunfermline, the son of William D. and Kathryn (Jenkins) Wilhelm. He married Connie Grzanich on September 15, 1962 at Bryant. She survives along with three sons, Thomas Wilhelm of Canton, Charles Wilhelm of Wilmington, NC; and Bill Wilhelm of Lewistown, five grandchildren, Ryan, Alana, Jesse, John, and Jacqueline, and three great grandchildren, Lindsey, Rory, and Jayce. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Charles graduated from Lewistown High School in 1952, served in the US Navy and graduated from Bradley University in 1958. He then attended Valparaiso Law School and graduated in 1962. He then joined the Law Firm of George Proctor in Lewistown where he practiced until 1976. He then served as a 9th Judicial Circuit Judge until retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association of which he received the Distinguished Counselor award in 2012.

Charles enjoyed his small farm and the animals he considered pets. Above all he loved his family and country living.

Per his wishes there will be no services and cremation will be accorded. A private family committal and interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery at Lewistown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fulton Mason Women’s Crisis Center or St Jude Children’s Hospitals. Condolences may be made to the family at

From: Mary Williams Dec 14 2018 4:40PM
My sympathy to you and your family, Bill.
Only met your folks the one time we came to see the goats and calfs. Fell in love with "the ccountry living". Mary
From: Warren & Linda HoweDec 14 2018 4:54PM
Connie and Family
Sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Darrin HoffmanDec 14 2018 5:32PM
So sorry for your loss. I hope you take comfort in the stories you will all share while you gather in remembrance. Our hearts are with you all. Love Darrin Hoffman and Family.
From: Tom & Dana FordDec 14 2018 6:54PM
Our prayers for comfort go out to you and the family.  Cherish the memories and share them often--he is always with you when you do.  Until you meet again--know that others are thinking of you.
From: Connie J. booneDec 14 2018 7:07PM
Connie and family: I was so very sorry to hear of Charlies passing. What a wonderful guy.. He always treated me very good when I was working at the courthouse. I didn't see him much in the last few years, but I have great memories of him. Take care of yourselves. One day at a time! With sympathy and love, Connie Boone
From: Gaye McMillanDec 14 2018 7:39PM
We are so sorry for your families loss.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  
From: Becki WaddellDec 14 2018 7:57PM
I am so very saddened to hear this. I clerked for him for years and was highly respected. My condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace.
From: Jackie EbbertDec 14 2018 8:03PM
My heart goes out to the whole family. Charles was an amazing man that treated my children as grandchildren. I have so many memories. May he rest in peace and prayers to the family.
From: Greg BennettDec 14 2018 10:26PM
Judge Wilhelm was one of my favorite people. My most sincere condolences go out to all of his family members and friends.
From: Craig W. MillerDec 14 2018 11:07PM
Very sad to hear of Judge Wilhelm"s passing. He was a great lawyer and an excellent judge. My sincere condolences to Connie and the rest of the family. Rest in Peace Charlie.
From: Dee Conner DoubetDec 15 2018 8:00AM
Connie and family -- I am so sorry to learn of Charlie's death.  After working with and for him for almost 30 years, I considered him a great lawyer and judge.  Since his and my retirement, I haven't seen him very often, but I know he enjoyed his time at home with all of you and his animals.  You all have my sincere condolences.
From: Frank & Janice Dooley ounceDec 15 2018 8:53AM
Connie & Family
So sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: MaryLou BellessDec 15 2018 9:06AM
Our love and condolences to each ofyou---over 50 years of knowing          the family in all aspects--never a time or place he didn;t know us with a smile and a joke, He will be missed by the familieso of       tRIP Charlie  you legacy lives on
From: Shelly Welker - Behrens Dec 15 2018 9:09AM
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Your husband and father was a kind and gentle man who always showed love truth and honesty in everything he did.  All my love- Shelly
From: Bill and Cindy CarlDec 15 2018 2:03PM
Very sorry for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers our with your  family at this time.  
From: John CheckettDec 15 2018 3:14PM
Judge Wilhelm was a great judge and a wonderful man.  It was a true pleasure to have known him and to appear in his courtroom as a lawyer on cases.  I moved to Fulton County right out of law school to be an Assistant State's Attorney (1992-1995). I learned many hard lessons in his courtroom on how to handle and try cases.  He was a great teacher.  At the time, he signed my newly minted bar admission certificate which proudly hangs on my wall today. I also have another picture on my wall of Judge Wilhelm standing next to me in his courtroom.  I thank Judge Wilhelm for the many great memories and his kindness to me.  I am very sorry to hear of his loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.  
From: Sarah Jane Proctor MooreDec 15 2018 5:35PM
Dear Connie and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Charlie's loss.  I well remember when you were married and he joined my father's law practice making it Proctor and Wilhelm.  Those were good times.  Charlie and his father were so kind to invite me to keep my horse at their place and they both helped me-and her-with a lot of "horse sense."  I know that you all have lots of special memories to treasure as do I and those will be a comfort to you.  With sympathy and great affection, Sarah Jane Moore
From: Joyce (Hall) PriceDec 15 2018 9:39PM
Connie and Family,
My sincere condolences, Charlie was a great guy and loved his mushroom stories!  Thoughts and prayers to you all!
Joyce Price
From: Alvin SpilkerDec 15 2018 9:58PM
Our deepest sympathy to Connie and family. Knowing Charlie over the past 50 years has been a true honor. He was a good friend, lawyer to us. Charlie always smiled and said hi no matter where he saw us. He will be truly missed.  Alvin and Lorenda Spilker
From: bill knuppelDec 16 2018 5:40AM
To  Connie and family:   In my 51 years of law practice, Charlie was one of my favorite lawyers and judges.  As a lawyer, he was honest and straightforward.   As a judge, he was approachable and always listened and decided each case fairly.   If you needed an explanation, he would give it to you and you always knew it was fair.   As a person, I really enjoyed just being able to bs with him about life.  We shared many stories about drainage law, digging ditches and operation of heavy equipment.  I am sorry for your loss and know you all have learned much from his wisdom and will miss him dearly.

From: Steve EvansDec 16 2018 8:09AM
Connie and Family,
I was very saddened to learn of Charlie's passing. We worked together as lawyers and then as fellow judges for many years. Charlie was an excellent trial judge and always kept current on the latest case law. I enjoyed our friendship, not only in the field of law but also with our shared joy of country living. I will miss his insight and his humor. Your family will be in our thoughts.
Steve Evans
From: Shannon Boyd CapertonDec 16 2018 11:01AM
Connie and Family -
Condolences on the passing of Charlie, many memories of listening to Dad and his stories of their shenanigans.  
From: Max T ScottDec 16 2018 12:47PM
Connie & family:  So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing.  I have known him for 35 years and always enjoyed our friendship.  He was from the “old school “, always honest, straightforward, and hard working.  We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
From: Anita MannDec 16 2018 3:34PM
Deepest sympathy. I'm sorry for your great loss. He was the best judge and friend ever.
From: Anita MannDec 16 2018 3:35PM
Deepest sympathy. I'm sorry for your great loss. He was the best judge and friend ever.
From: Jonelle May Schauble Dec 17 2018 12:05AM
Charles and my parents were good friends. So sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
From: Randal and Brenda RumlerDec 17 2018 9:38AM
Connie and family:

Our deepest sympathy at the loss of such a wonderful man.  We have many fond remembrances of times shared with him.  He was well respected and loved by all who knew him.  May the love of God be with you all , and may His peace and strength be upon you always!!!
From: Robert & Helen ClaninDec 17 2018 3:59PM
So sorry to hear of Bills passing.  Our sympathy to you Connie and you sons.  We have been in Florida for over 34 years and lost track of about everyone up there. Our best t o you.
From: Philip SprattDec 17 2018 5:40PM
Charlie was a friend of mine and my attorney when I lived in Lewistown.  He was easy to know and like and I remember pleasant times spent visiting with him in his office.  Wish there were more like him.  Thoughts and prayers for comfort to Connie and family.
From: Terry FanningDec 18 2018 6:02PM
Connie and sons I am so sorry for your loss.  When I was in school, I babysat for all of your boys.  When I graduated high school in 1970 I went to work for him and George Proctor.  I worked there for five years until my daughter was born.  He was a wonderful man, lawyer, Judge and friend.  Rest In Peace Judge Wilhelm.  You all have my deepest sympathy.
From: Darcy Evans NelsonDec 19 2018 6:11PM
My deepest sympathy to your family.  I am so glad I ran into Charlie and Connie at Olive Garden on a recent trip to IL.  I loved catching up and saying hello.  I also loved listening to him goof with the waiter!  He will be missed.  

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