Frederick Walter Wilhelm, 85, of Port Clinton, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at his residence.
He was born July 18, 1921, in North Monroeville, the oldest son of Fred A. and Rose (Fitz) Wilhelm. Fred and his family moved to Put-in-Bay in 1923 and lived on the island until he and his wife, Eva, moved to Port Clinton in 1997. Fred was in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II. When he returned to the island after his service time was completed, Fred worked for Lay Brother Fisheries starting in 1946 as a boat operator.
On Oct. 12, 1946, he married his wife of 60 years, Eva (Woischke), at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church on Put-in-Bay. Fred worked for Lay brothers until they closed their business on the island. Fred then went to work for his father-in-law, Kurt Woischke, at Island Maintenance Construction. Fred and Eva purchased the company when Kurt retired. They also purchased the South Shore Cottages and operated them from 1963-98.
Frederick was active in his community. He was a PIB Volunteer Fireman and a member for 62 years and former commander of American Legion Post 542, Put-in-Bay. Frederick was a member and officer of the PIB School Board and was on the council and a former member of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Port Clinton.
Fred is survived by his wife, Eva; daughter, Janis (Curtis) Allard of Chesterfield, Mich.; sons, Walter (Debra) of Chesterfield and Gary (Liz) of Marblehead; grandchildren, Wendy LaPointe, Rachel Malt, Laura Allard, Liesa Schultz and Christopher Jones; and great-grandchildren, Madeline, Joseph, Shaun, Nathaniel and William.
He was preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Harold Wilhelm.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where prayer services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John C. Missler at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton. Graveside services will be at Mapleleaf Cemetery at Put-in-Bay at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, or to the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.