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Eugene M. Wilhelm - 78

9/4/1936 - 7/1/2015

Colchester, Illinois

Eugene M. Wilhelm, age 78 of Colchester, Illinois went home to his Lord at 9:11 am on July 1, 2015 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois.
He was born on September 5, 1936 near Industry, Illinois to Justus Leo and Nancy Edna (Parker) Wilhelm.
Eugene first married Loydetta Hayes and she predeceased him.  Eugene and Sandra L. Leftridge were united in marriage on May 27, 1966, at the Disciple of Christ Christian Church in Macomb, Illinois and she survives in Colchester.
Also surviving to mourn his passage are three sons: Stephen (Hollie) Wilhelm of Dallas City, IL; Franklin (Thelma) Wilhelm of Newport, TN; Mark (Suzie) Wilhelm of Cosby, TN; Two Daughters: Penny (Jim) Pollock of Macomb, IL; Elizabeth (Tom) Duvall of Macomb, IL; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; his brother Jerry (Merrye) Wilhelm, of New London, IA; nieces, nephews and children of his heart.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; sister Nancy Chenoweth; Daughter Connie Wilhelm, grandson Daniel Wilhelm, great-grandson Louis Wilhelm; nephew Eric Wilhelm, his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Eugene was a member The Crossing Church in Macomb, IL; Gold Wing Road Riders; American Motorcycle Assoc. He was a past Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader. He was also a past member of the Colchester Fire Department and the Colchester Lions Club. He volunteered at The Crossing Food Pantry.
Eugene has been employed by the City of Colchester, NTN-Bower Manufacturing and Yetter Manufacturing.
He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, gardening, volunteering, enjoyed a good joke, visiting with family and friends and dancing with Sandy.
The funeral will be 10;30 A.M., Friday, July 10, 2015 at Jones Mortuary in Colchester, Illinois, with Rev. Timm Harting.  Burial will follow the services at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester.  The family will Celebrate his Life and  meet with friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, July 9, 2015 at the Funeral Home.  Friends may sign the register book at the funeral home after 8:00 A.M. Wednesday.  Cremation rites have been recorded. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Colchester Fire Department or Illinois Cancer Care Foundation.  To view the full obit or leave condolences visit online at jonesmortuaryfh.com.

Celebration of Life:

6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Funeral Home

Celebration of Life:

10:30 A.M. at the Funeral Home