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“Jo Lene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jack was such a sweet person! I will always remember him coming in to eat at the Ankeny Café...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Tami hammerly - ankeny, IA

“My sincere condolences go to Jolene, Steven. and their families. We have lost a true patriot and one of the hardest workers I have known. I started...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: larry gering - shawnee, OK


3 of 11 | Posted by: larry gering - shawnee, OK

“Jo Lene, and Steven, I think highly of Jack and was sorry to hear of his death. I have a few memories of walking around the Imperial lot as a kid ;) ...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Chris Gering - Family Friend

“Jo Lene & family we r so sorry to hear of Jack's passing..have many GREAT memories of times with u all..RIP Hack it is well deserved..HUGS ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Val Crozier - Mingo, IA - Friend

“Jack was a very special brother-in-law. When it was time for my yearly visit with my sister he always said "come and stay as long as you want". Of...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Marla Lee Lucas - Sunnyvale, CA

“I am sorry for your loss. Jack took a chance on me in the 1980s when jobs were scarce. I worked for him for many years. He always called me sach with...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Darryl Neff - Altoona, IA

“So sorry for your loss! Heartfelt condolences.Connie and Joe Chaney ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Chaney - Midwest City, OK

“Jack was a long time very dear friend. My husband gary was working for him when I met gary. when gary was offered another job else where, he and...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: beverly mcknight - ANKENY, IA

“What a wonderful man God has gained as an angel. So too gh anytime to lose lived one and even harder now under the circumstances of being able to be...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Carmeline Brown-Murphy

“Jack was a very special man--always so polite and easy to talk to. He was so kind to every one at the Car Shows at the VFW and they will not be the...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Edie Winscott - Ankeny, IA


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John (Jack) Wilhelm 93 and a half passed away on April 14, 2020 at Bridges of Ankeny with his wife by his side.
He was born on October 19, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wi., the only child to Joseph and Pearl Wilhelm. His childhood was spent in Milwaukee, Wi.
He served in WWII from December 18, 1944 to July 12, 1946 with the United States Navy.
He came to Des Moines as a transfer with Schwerman Trucking Co in the 60's and made Iowa his home since. Always the entrepreneur, he started his first company as a child (age 5) during the depression trying to sell lettuce and tomato sandwiches for 5 cents to the worker's, said with a chuckle wasn't too well thought out, no one had any money. A few companies, too many to mention them all, were J. Wilhelm Trucking, truck repair shops, co-owner United Truck and Body, Imperial R-V Center and Jaxwil Enterprises.
His most loved interests included his family, collector cars, woodworking (which he made pieces for each of his children), and NASCAR. Kind and generous always there to help a friend and the family, always pushing himself way past his limits is how many remember him.
Jack married Jo Lene on April 4, 1981, and to this union created his much-loved blended family. He often said this is MY family. His children, Steven (Jessica) Wilhelm, Denise (Richard) Roberts, Jacqueline (Chuck) West, Dawn Pewick, Michelle Millang, Brian Millang, Kirk (Melody) Millang, Scott Millang. Grandchildren, Grace Wilhelm, Emma Wilhelm, Nicole (Zach) Thomas, Stephanie (Shane) Sloan, Craig Young, Bryon Ely, Brandon Winn, Bradley (Alice) Pewick, Jimmy (Shanna) Pewick, Melissa (Tony) O'Donnell and Reed Crowley and 12 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children's hospital.