Charles H. Wilhelm
Date of Birth: January 27, 1935
Date of Death: December 13, 2018
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 henrylange.com
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 Howe Dec 14 2018 4:54PM Connie and Family
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Darrin Hoffman Dec 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 Ford Dec 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. boone Dec 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 McMillan Dec 14 2018 7:39PM We are so sorry for your families loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From: Becki Waddell Dec 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 Ebbert Dec 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 Bennett Dec 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. Miller Dec 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 Doubet Dec 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 ounce Dec 15 2018 8:53AM Connie & Family
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: MaryLou Belless Dec 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 Carl Dec 15 2018 2:03PM Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers our with your family at this time. From: John Checkett Dec 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 Moore Dec 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) Price Dec 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!
From: Alvin Spilker Dec 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 knuppel Dec 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 Evans Dec 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.
From: Shannon Boyd Caperton Dec 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 Scott Dec 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 Mann Dec 16 2018 3:34PM Deepest sympathy. I'm sorry for your great loss. He was the best judge and friend ever. From: Anita Mann Dec 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 Rumler Dec 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 Clanin Dec 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 Spratt Dec 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 Fanning Dec 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 Nelson Dec 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.