Thomas Alvie "Tommy" Wilhelm Jr., 41, of Morgantown, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (March 7, 2017) to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The son of Thomas and Collene Wilhelm of Morgantown was born June 22, 1975, in Oakland, Maryland.
Tommy was a graduate of Morgantown High School Class of 1993, where he played baseball and learned a love of the arts.
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving stateside until 1997. After leaving the Air Force, Tommy returned to Morgantown to successfully complete a bachelor's degree at West Virginia University School of Business with a bachelor's degree in information technology. He was employed as an IT analyst with CACI of Chantilly, Virginia.
He was a member, along with his family, of the Kingdom Evangelical Methodist Church in Westover, West Virginia.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time with his boys camping and fishing on his favorite piece of property in Reckarts' Mill near Cranesville, in Preston County, West Virginia. Most evenings you could find Tommy enjoying a good campfire and gazing at the heavens deep in thought. He loved astronomy and the wonders of the universe.
Tommy enjoyed all sporting events and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. In his spare time, he enjoyed sketching and painting. You could also find Tommy writing a poem from time to time. He enjoyed coaching, teaching and training his sons in the various sports in which they participated.
Tommy's love for the ocean was only surpassed by the enjoyment he received from the occasional family beach trips. Most of all, Tommy was a family man with a huge heart and a friend to all. His ultimate pride and joy was in that of his four children. all boys, ranging in age from 5 to 15.
In addition to his loving parents, Tommy is survived by Melissa Powers Wilhelm and his four sons, Parker Thomas Wilhelm, Camden James Wilhelm, Maddox Blake Wilhelm and Easton Blaine Wilhelm; a sister and her husband, Tina and Buddy Turner; a brother and his wife, Shawn and Matte Wilhelm; and his grandmother, Mary Marie Wilhelm. Tommy is also survived by several aunts and uncles and many loving nieces and nephews.
Tommy was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wilford and Margaret Funk; paternal grandfather, Theodore Wilhelm; two aunts, Nancy Gank and Marlene Pace; and an uncle, Ray Funk.
Family and friends will be received from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. celebration of life Monday at Kingdom Evangelical Methodist Church, Westover, with Pastor Kevin Cain officiating. Cremation services were handled by Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fredjenkinsfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 10, 2017