Leonard P. “Pete” Wilhelm, 86, of Monroeville, died Thursday morning, Aug. 15, 2013, in Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, following a brief illness.
He was born June 10, 1927, in Monroeville, where he was a life long resident. Pete retired from New Departure-Hyatt, Division of General Motors, where he was employed for 38 years. He also was custodian for Union Bank and the Knights of Columbus Hall in Monroeville.
He was a lifetime member and past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, St. John Newman, Chapter No. 1117; a member of the Holy Name Society; Golden Eagles; a former member of American Legion Post 547, Monroeville; and Bronson Conservation League, Norwalk. His hobbies included his grandchildren, playing cards, camping, gardening, dartball, farming, and watching the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His favorite pro athlete was LeBron James.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Ruth M. Long, whom he married Oct. 1, 1949; his children, Diane (Larry) Schafer, of Norwalk, Robert (Kim) Wilhelm, of Monroeville, Julie (Gary) Click, of Willard, Kenneth (Karyn) Wilhelm, Dennis (Sandy) Wilhelm, Alan (Tonya) Wilhelm, all of Monroeville, Rita (Gary) Turner, of Columbus, Lucy (Gerald) Bollenbacher, of Bellevue, and Karen (Keith) Gerber, of Monroeville; 22 grandchildren; 23 great- grandchildren; one brother, Norbert (Gerry) Wilhelm, of Monroeville; one sister-in-law, Theresa Wilhelm, of Norwalk; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Matilda (Meyers) Wilhelm, and two brothers, Arnold and Harold “Shorty” Wilhelm.
Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St., Monroeville, where the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 1:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 66 Chapel St., Monroeville. The Rev. William Pifher will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, 79 Chapel St., Monroeville, OH 44847.
Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.