Marvin "Willy" Dean Wilhelms passed away Monday April 10, 2017 in his home in Coffeyville KS.
Willy was born on August 8th 1930 to Lizzie and George Wilhelms. Willy grew up north of Kensington, KS with his parents and his sister Margaret on the family farm. He graduated high school in Kensington and then joined the Army on March 20th 1951 where he served in the Korean War. While sailing to Korea they crossed the International Date Line and skipped a day forward causing him to miss his birthday that year.
Willy met the love of his life Carmen Greig of Osborne, KS. They were joined in marriage on January 18th, 1958 in Phillipsburg, KS. They were married for 59 years until the death of Carmen on March 9th, 2017. They had two sons Jim D Wilhelms and Kevin D Wilhelms. Tragically, Kevin passed away at birth. They lived in Phillipsburg, KS where Willy worked at the Phillipsburg refinery until 1983 when he transferred to the Coffeyville Refinery. 39 years later he retired. Willy enjoyed his retirement by fishing, golfing, gardening, traveling, camping and collecting fishing reels and lures. He often made the comment he didn't know how he ever had time to work. He also greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren spending much time with them.
Willy was preceded in death by his wife Carmen L. Wilhelms, his son Kevin, his parents, his sister, Margaret and brother, Everett.
He is survived by his son, Jim D Wilhelms and wife Jenelle of South Coffeyville, OK. His grandchildren, Kevin Wilhelms, Brian Wilhelms and wife Kristina, Kimberly Wilhelms and Joshua DeRosa. His great grand children De'Adrian, Rylan, Chloe, Jacob and Jesse. His nephew Dale Gemaehlich, niece Glenda Sturtevent and husband Dennis and their children and his niece Diana Christensen and her children.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 506 W 9th St., Coffeyville, KS at 10:00 am with Reverend Roland Vega officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors being provided VFW Post 1022, American Legion Post 20 and Ft. Riley Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Monday, April 17, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. The family has suggested that memorials be made payable to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, contributions may be left in care of the chapel. To leave an online condolence visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com