Gilbert Donald Wilhelm Sr.,76, of Lancaster Hill Road, Lonaconing, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Frostburg Village Nursing Home.
Born on Aug. 27, 1941, at home, he was the son of the late Leonard Wilhelm Sr. and Mary (Crowe) Wilhelm. He was one of 19 children.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Layman and Twila Mae Fike; and five brothers, Leonard Jr., Harry, Dale, Okey and Bobby.
Gilbert grew up in Avilton, working on the family farm. He attended Valley High School. A heavy equipment operator, he worked for multiple construction and coal companies. In his 20s and 30s, he worked with brothers during the Vietnam Conflict for Harwell Construction Company in Buckhannon, W.Va., AP Hill, Va., Indian Town Gap, Pa., Fort Belvoir, Va., and Upper Marlboro. He also worked for Moran Coal Company and Savage River Diary Farms. He was the proud partner of Wilhelm Coal Co., GB Liquors, M+M Loggers and BB+G Logging. He was also a landlord for a rental property.
He enjoyed farming and operating equipment. Cutting timber was his favorite activity. He very much loved his family, and he enjoyed working with them. Appearance meant a lot to him. It was important and enjoyable for him to keep the grass cut at home and at Wilhelm Flat.
He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Lonaconing Republican Club.
He is survived by six children, Gilbert Jr and wife, Barbara, Dwight Sr. and wife, Erin, Bryan and partner, Diane Lewis, Howard and wife, Rebecca, Delana and husband, Vance Kaloz, and Twila and husband, Brett Shelley; 13 grandchildren, Kara Achouri and husband, Baganola, Jacy Humbertson and husband, Jason, Gilbert III and wife, Beth, Dwight Jr., Dawson and Delilah Wilhelm, Gracy and Bryan Wilhelm, John Golden and wife, Alyssa, Brittany Golden, Carly Shaw, Howard Wilhelm and Reed Shelley and baby, Shelley, on the way; four great-grandchildren, Owen, Grace, Johnny and Waylon, and baby, Wilhelm, on the way; 11 siblings, including Ronald Wilhelm, Ray Wilhelm, Susie Kamp, Mildred Husselbaugh, Olin Wilhelm, Dallas Wilhelm, Jean Miller, Lois Rowe, Connie Burdock, Helen Michael, and Sheila Baker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 16864 National Pike, Frostburg, on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Services will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Agnew officiating.
Interment will be in Blocher Cemetery, Frostburg.
Wilhelm-Eakin Funeral Home, P.A., Lonaconing, handled the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert III, Dwight Jr., Francis, Timmy Sr., Matthew, and Chad Wilhelm.
At the request of the family, donations may be made in Gilbert's memory to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Lois Rowe, 2693 Old Frostburg Road, Frostburg, MD 21532.
Published on November 24, 2017