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Dean H. Wilhelm

Dean H. Wilhelm, 89, of rural Roann, IN, and with family ties to Huntington, IN, died Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 6:19 p.m., at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson.

Mr. Wilhelm was a 1951 graduate of Urbana High School. He served in the U.S. Army. He started farming at age 9, and was a farmer and dairy farmer for 33 years. In 1983, after retiring from farming, he sold farm equipment for Bob Kennedy and also farmed for Rosen Farms. He was a member of Olive Branch Church of God and the Wabash American Legion Post 15.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1932, in Urbana , to Leo and Edith Pretorius Wilhelm. He married Susan E. Thomas on Dec. 24, 1952, in Fort Smith, AR. She survives in Roann.

Additional survivors include six children, Debra (Stuart) Elliott, of Urbana, Deana (Dale) Smith, of Elgin, OK, MeLinda (Randy) Norman, of Wilkinson, Kevin (Barb) Wilhelm, of Wabash, Larry (Brenda) Wilhelm, of Kokomo, and Lisa (Todd) Schnepp, of Andrews; 13 grandchildren, Stacie (Matt Benson) Frehse, Kenneth (Mary) Norman, Mandy (David) Bender, Melissa (Josh) Leffel, Shaun (Amanda) Wilhelm, Andra Wilhelm, Nathan Schnepp, Angie Wilhelm, Jamie (Colby) Stephens, Matthew (Ashley) Norman, Lynn (Andrew) Greenspan, Kaitlin (Andrew) Duffy and Katherine Wilhelm; 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four grandchildren, Mark Elliott, Jason Elliott, Eric Schnepp, and Kristy Wilhelm.

Calling will take place on Tuesday, July 20, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash.

A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home, with Randy Norman officiating.

Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Urbana.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association.

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