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James A. “Jimmy” or “Willy” Wilhelm, 57, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in the Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
He was born on January 28, 1955, to the late J. Pete and Mary E. (Harrell) Wilhelm.
Jim married Teresa J. (Spangler) Wilhelm; she survives in Fort Wayne.
He graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1973 and from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting.
Jim’s career began with Fort Wayne National Bank at age 18. He was a dedicated employee and partner of Hugh “Skip” Johnston for the past 28 years for companies including HJI, Inc., Park Investment Group Inc., and Dupont Village West Investment. Jim was also a partner of RCI Development of Fort Wayne, as well as many other companies and investments.
Jim was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church in Fort Wayne.
He was dedicated to his family and friends and was known for his unbelievably selfless behavior and ability to always put others needs ahead of his own. He was always quick with a smile and had a very infectious laugh.
Among survivors are four children, J. Jacob “Jake” Wilhelm of Fort Wayne, Ashley (Lucas) Shifferly of Monroe, E. Scott Meyer of Wolcottville, and Peter Wilhelm of Fort Wayne; and two granddaughters, MacKenzie and Mary.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Jolene Dickey.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Haggard – Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Father David Voors presiding.
Burial will take place at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, in rural Bobo.
Preferred memorials donations are to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.