Charles Fredrick Willhelm, age 98, of Litchfield, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.
Charley was born Dec. 2, 1913, in New Germany, to Ernest and Elisabeth (Moy) Ohm.
He was united in marriage to Viola Karels April 2, 1936, in New Germany. This marriage was blessed with four sons: Gerald, Loren, Curtis, and Roger.
After marriage, Charley and Viola lived in Belle Plaine for a time, before moving to a farm in Greenleaf, and eventually purchasing a farm northeast of Dassel. From there, they moved to Cokato, and later resided in Litchfield for 13 years.
Charley enjoyed his music, and played the concertina. Later, when he could no longer play, Charley would always listen to old time music.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; five sisters; two sons, Gerald and Loren,; and three grandchildren, Keith, Jenny, and Linda Ohm.
Charley is survived by his wife, Viola; two sons, Curtis (Barbara) and Roger (Lynn); six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield. Interment followed at the Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Cokato.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.