Ronald Wilhelm Obituary

Ronald Dean Wilhelm
Ron Wilhelm
Ronald Dean Wilhelm

February 8, 1965 - February 5, 2007
Born in Manchester, IA
Resided in Polk City, IA
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Ronald Dean “Ron” Wilhelm, 41, died suddenly on Monday, February 5, 2007 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, at the Lutheran Church Of Hope, located at 925 Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines, of which he was a member. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 9, at the church. Graveside and committal services will be take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at Liberty Cemetery, north of Woodward.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Kimpston. Ron is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Amanda; their daughter, Abigail; and his sisters, Pam (Dan) Caffrey of Indianola, IA, Cindy (Kirt) Walker of Columbus, OH and Denise Wilhelm of Philadelphia, PA.

Ron was born on February 8th, 1965 in Manchester, Iowa. He graduated from ISU with a degree in finance and became a partner in Metabolic Technologies Inc. located in Ames, Iowa. Because of his multifaceted business skills, he became President of the company.

He disliked the traditional business suit. He loved to be at work, in the office and the lab with his sleeves rolled up, and dedicated time for his other passions which included hunting, fishing, and tilling the soil on his farm. He loved spending time with and caring for his Mother, his sisters and nieces, and his many friends. In the morning he would talk with a friend about farming, at noon discuss protein metabolism, and in the afternoon, converse about how best to hunt pheasants. He cared deeply about his family and friends and was always someone to count on when help was needed. He didn't need to be asked-he just showed up to help a friend. His warmth and caring was not buried deep, but was easily expressed in laughter, his big grin, words, hugs, and tears. His curiosity and caring for others was unlimited.

These passions consumed his life until September 2001, when he met Amanda Neff. Ron's eyes lit up when he was around her and he grinned even more easily in her presence. He still loved to be in the field smelling cut grass, but more and more wanted to be with Amanda. Their love grew and they married. Abigail was born in November 2005. His marriage and Fatherhood thrilled him and filled his heart with joy.

Ron will be missed by his family and many friends. We all should remember his easy laugh and grin, his sincere caring for others, his honesty, and his love for people and nature.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made in the name of Ron’s daughter, Abigail to the Abigail Wilhelm Trust Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, c/o Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50322.


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Lutheran Church of Hope
925 - 74th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50366
Friday, February 9, 2007
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lutheran Church of Hope
925 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA US 50266
Saturday, February 10, 2007
10:30 AM
Liberty Cemetery
Woodward, IA US
Saturday, February 10, 2007