Longtime Alaska resident Morris E. Wilhelm died of cancer Friday, Aug. 13, 2004, at his home in Palmer. He was 71.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the VFW Hall at the Fair View Motel in Palmer. He was cremated, and his ashes will be sent to Eureka, Ill., to be placed with his wife.
Mr. Wilhelm was born Jan. 17, 1933, in N.E. Hope, Ontario, Canada.
He came to Alaska in the early 1960s to the Kenai Peninsula, where he resided for many years. After a few years, he went to work for Union Oil at the Nikiski Dock. Later, he was transferred to Anchorage, where he worked until his retirement.
Mr. Wilhelm met his wife, Virginia Heron, in Homer, and they were married in November 1971 in Anchorage. She brought several children to the marriage. Mr. Wilhelm adopted the youngest one in 1975. After his retirement, the couple moved to Palmer.
Mr. Wilhelm was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; his parents, Hardie and Maggie (Cook) Wilhelm; his brother, Chester H. Wilhelm; sister, Amanda Bankert; and sisters-in-law, Margie and Rusty Wilhelm.
He is survived by his brothers, Raymond, Ivan and Richard Wilhelm and Richard's wife, Eileen, all of Ontario; sister, Cora Beehler and her husband, Willis, of Ontario; brother-in-law, Ed Bankert of Ontario; sister-in-law, Racheal Wilhelm and her family of Soldotna; many nephews and nieces in Canada; stepchildren, Debbie and Tim Zietlow and their children of Grants Pass, Ore., Doug and Doniese McGraw and their children of Englewood, Colo., Don McGraw of Afghanistan and Kathi and John Trementozzi and their children of Frisco, Texas; granddaughters, Kassandra Wilhelm of Palmer and Christiana and husband, Mitch Grunzke, and their daughter, all of Palmer.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Wilhelm's honor may be made to the Mat-Su Hospice.
Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.
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