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“praying for the family ~ don't think i saw dan one time since graduating w/ him back in late may '75, or was it early june ~ being lined up...Read More »
1 of 75 | Posted by: timothy b will - athens, TN

“My deepest condolences to Meri Beth, Lance, Chantelle, Don, Rod, Jeff, Lisa & families. I've thought of you all often. Unfortunately, even as cousins...Read More »
2 of 75 | Posted by: Neva Lang - Bismarck, ND

“My heart goes out to each of you at your loss. Danny touched the lives of so many. I am so grateful to have been one of them. Remember that those...Read More »
3 of 75 | Posted by: Sharon Waterman - Jamestown, ND

“Meri Beth you are in our thoughts. We are sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 75 | Posted by: Premier Audio - Bismarck, ND

“Rod/Jeff and family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your brother. Your family is in my prayers during this most difficult...Read More »
5 of 75 | Posted by: Ken Voigt - Alexandria, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Dan was a very special person! Dave and Fay Falk ”
6 of 75 | Posted by: Dave and Fay Falk

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan's family. With deepest sympathy. The Kemmet family and Dixon family ”
7 of 75 | Posted by: melody kemmet - ND

“To the family and friends of Dan Wilhelm: Jeff, Tom, Rod my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Cherish the memories. You have a new...Read More »
8 of 75 | Posted by: Maureen Linn

“Dear MeriBeth and the Wilhelm family, We are so sorry for your loss. Let happy memories of Dan ease your heart during this painful time. Our...Read More »
9 of 75 | Posted by: Deb heim

“Don, Rod, Jeff, Lisa, Lance, Chantelle, we are so sorry for your loss. Your son, brother, and father was a great key to your great family. He was a...Read More »
10 of 75 | Posted by: Chris and Yvonne Ebertz - ND

“Don Mary & family So sorry for your loss. It was my privilege to have worked for Dan and the Wilhelm family. Our thoughts and prayes to Chantelle...Read More »
11 of 75 | Posted by: Jerry & Peggy Weigel

“To the Wilhelms and Meri Beth: So sorry to hear of your loss. I feel fortunate to have talked with you and Dan about our Class of 1975 reunion...Read More »
12 of 75 | Posted by: Steve Kourajian - Harvey, ND

“I have great memories of Dan living in Jamestown. He always had a friendly smile for everyone. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. ...Read More »
13 of 75 | Posted by: Rev. Darrell Losing - Jamestown, ND

“Meri Beth and the Wilhelm Family Praying you'll feel the presence of the Lord today and draw strength and comfort. Our thoughts and prayers -...Read More »
14 of 75 | Posted by: Cheryl & Mark Wolf - Jamestown, ND

“Class, Honesty and Integrity were the hallmarks of Dan’s personal and professional life. I was fortunate to work with and learn from Dan and...Read More »
15 of 75 | Posted by: Mark Carlascio - Barrington, IL

“Meri Beth, So sorry to hear about Dan. ”
16 of 75 | Posted by: Delores Schmitcke - Bismarck, ND

“Meri Beth & the Wilhelm Family - you are in my thoughts & prayers. I am so sorry for you loss. ”
17 of 75 | Posted by: Leona Werre - Bismarck, ND

“We will miss Dan very much! Our love and prayers. Irv & Kathleen ”
18 of 75 | Posted by: Irv & Kathleen - Bismarck, ND

“So sorry to hear about Dan. Haven't seen him in many years, but have lots of fun memories of being a neightbor growing up with him. You are in...Read More »
19 of 75 | Posted by: Kim (Duden) Ganske - MO

“Wilhelm Family - thinking of you in this difficult time, may god watch over you. Our hearts go out to you! Take care. ”
20 of 75 | Posted by: Angie & Jim Englund - Jamestown, ND

“Rod, Jeff, Lisa & Meri Beth, & families: May I offer my condolances to all of you in loosing your loved one, Dan. With our love, and God's...Read More »
21 of 75 | Posted by: Mark Gusaas - Horace, ND

“the best boss & great friend, I had during work place there. I will miss him alot. May the God of hope fill him with all joy and peace. Romans 15:13. ”
22 of 75 | Posted by: wesley ziemann - Bismarck, nd, ND

“Our thoughts are with you. Your family has always been close friends of ours. I will always remember Dan and donuts at lunch at Wilhelms during our...Read More »
23 of 75 | Posted by: Bill and Kathy Tarno - Jamestown, ND

“Dear Wilhelm Family and Meri Beth, I am sending you all My Love and Deepest Sympathy. Dan is a very special soul and may his gentleness and sweet...Read More »
24 of 75 | Posted by: Roxane Brosz Madio - Davie, FL

“I am sending all of my love and sympathy to the family.May God hold you all in the palm of His hand and comfort you with His everlasting love.You are...Read More »
25 of 75 | Posted by: Judy Buegel - Jamestown, ND

“To the Wilhelm Family, There are so many wonderful memories of Dan as he was a big part of our lives, he...Read More »
26 of 75 | Posted by: Teri Schmeichel - Jamestown, ND

“Meri Beth, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Dan was a wonderful man, and how you both handled everything was amazing. ”
27 of 75 | Posted by: Shila, Monica, & Soleil

“Dan was a man with such a good heart and gentle spirit. While his passing leaves a void in this world, it is a comfort to know he is home with a Lord...Read More »
28 of 75 | Posted by: Sherry Rivard - Austin, TX

“I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the Wilhelm Family. Please cherish all the precious times as a family and take comfort in knowing that Dan...Read More »
29 of 75 | Posted by: Peggy Runck - Casselton, ND

“Meri beth, we are so sorry about Dan's recent passing. He fought a courageous fight and he was blessed to have you, your good friends and family...Read More »
30 of 75 | Posted by: Amy and Sid Schmidt - ND

“Meri beth, we are so sorry about Dan's recent passing. He fought a courageous fight and he was blessed to have you, your good friends and family...Read More »
31 of 75 | Posted by: Amy and Sid Schmidt - ND

“Meri beth, we are so sorry about Dan's recent passing. He fought a courageous fight and he was blessed to have you, your good friends and family...Read More »
32 of 75 | Posted by: Amy and Sid Schmidt - ND

“Meri Beth sorry to hear about Dan my thoughts and prayers are with you and the Wilhelm family. Chantelle I have been thinking of you & your Dad since...Read More »
33 of 75 | Posted by: Vivian Frohlich - Bismarck, ND

“Rest in Peace Dan. Sincere condolences to Mari Beth and the Wilhelm family. ”
34 of 75 | Posted by: Patrick Tierney - Pocono Lake, PA

“My sympathies to Dan's family and to you Meri Beth. You were truly Dan's Angel here on earth. ”
35 of 75 | Posted by: Marv Roller - Fargo, ND

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this trying time. ”
36 of 75 | Posted by: Dave & Sheila Kuslers - Bismarck, ND

“Sorry to hear about the loss of Dan. I would always visit with him at the Jamestown business during the 80's. My thoughts and prayers are with all...Read More »
37 of 75 | Posted by: Dan Moser - Flower Mound, TX

“Dear Meri Beth & family, So sorry to hear of Dan's passing.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bernita Freed ”
38 of 75 | Posted by: Bernita Freed - Bismarck, ND

“Meribeth, We are so sorry to hear about Dan's passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his family. Bob &...Read More »
39 of 75 | Posted by: Robert & Lynette Rombs - Mandan, ND

“I met Dan in the spring of 1980 when I bought a car from him in Jamestown. Great guy. My sympathy to his family. ”
40 of 75 | Posted by: Jim Sott - Cavalier, ND

“Condolences to the Family on your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Dan as well dealing with Dan, Rod and Jeff over the years. Too young to be gone...Read More »
41 of 75 | Posted by: Rick & Mona Hansen - Fishers, IN

“Wilhelm Family &Meribeth,You are all in our thoughts and prayers.Treasure all the memories you all shared as a family, no one can take those away....Read More »
42 of 75 | Posted by: Jon&Gloria Marker&family - ND

“We are so sorry to hear about Dan's passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy. When someone we love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a...Read More »
43 of 75 | Posted by: Tam & Family - Jamestown, ND

“It was my privilege to have met Dan when visiting the dealership on behalf of Gate City Bank. He always took the time to welcome us. He was a...Read More »
44 of 75 | Posted by: Neil Schroeder - Fargo, ND

“To all the Wilhelm family: I am so sad and sorry for your loss. My heart, prayers, and loving thoughts go out to all of you! ”
45 of 75 | Posted by: Roxane(Enge)Cahill - Moorhead, MN

“Mari Beth & family My condolences and sympathy go out to all of you. May God bless you all. I met Dan & Mari Beth in 2010 at a Huntington's...Read More »
46 of 75 | Posted by: Lucille Winkler - Fargo, ND

“My deepest sympathy to the Wilhelm family. May time and the wonderful memories you have of Dan help ease the pain you feel today and in the days...Read More »
47 of 75 | Posted by: Kim (Lee) Thoele - Jamestown, ND

“Don't grieve for me,for now I'm free I'm following the path God laid for me I took his hand hand when I heard him call I turned my back and left...Read More »
48 of 75 | Posted by: Holly(Dura)Turner - Jamestown, ND

“Although no words can really help ease the loss of Danny, just know that you are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. We all loved Danny, he was so...Read More »
49 of 75 | Posted by: Karen Miller - Otis Orchards, WA

“My deepest sympathy to the Wilhelm Family, Dan was always so nice to me as a young man dealing on cars. I was only 16 years old and he always...Read More »
50 of 75 | Posted by: George LaFave - bismarck, ND

“My thoughts and prayers are with Don, Jeff, Rod and Lisa and all who were close to Dan. ”
51 of 75 | Posted by: Jeff Wieland - Sioux Falls, SD

“Such a courageous life. To family and friends so sorry to hear of Dans passing. Thoughts and prayers your way. ”
52 of 75 | Posted by: Debra Boss Dohn

“I wish to share my Condolences Dans family. Iam very sorry that Dan passed away at such a young age. I knew Dan very well and dealt with him several...Read More »
53 of 75 | Posted by: clarencerieger - bismarck, ND

“I met Dan through my brother Marvin Schilling, an employee for Dan. I felt I knew Dan because my brother would tell me over and over of the kind...Read More »
54 of 75 | Posted by: Harvey L. Schilling - Bismarck, ND

“We,ve lost dear friend I've know since high school. I know hes in Heaven with my late husband, Marlin. I will remember Dan as a very warm@ caring...Read More »
55 of 75 | Posted by: Joy (Gensler) Beckers - Lincoln, ND

“Our most sincere condolences go out to Dan's family. Dan was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed. MeriBeth, you showed so much love and...Read More »
56 of 75 | Posted by: Curt and Melinda Harr - Fargo, ND

“I had the greatest privilage of being able to meet dan. He was a great guy. He was always happy when I seen him. He didnt let his illness stop him!...Read More »
57 of 75 | Posted by: Jen Zahn

“Our sincerest sympathy goes out to the entire Wilhelm Family. Dan Wilhelm was an absolutely genuine person with a golden heart and style. ”
58 of 75 | Posted by: Dale & Mary Ellen Reimers - ND

“Dan was a very special man. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. ”
59 of 75 | Posted by: Debra Jensen - Salem, OR

“God Bless my Dear friend Meribeth and Dans family during this time of sorrow. Dan was a Great Man with a Beautiful Soul. I'm so very Grateful to...Read More »
60 of 75 | Posted by: Joee Selensky

“Jeff, Rod, Lisa and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May the memory...Read More »
61 of 75 | Posted by: Randy N. Andersen - Gainesville, FL

“Wilhelm Family you are all in my thoughts and prayers. You can shed a tear that he is gone or you can smile because he lived. You can close your...Read More »
62 of 75 | Posted by: Becky Magstadt - Jamestownn, ND

“Dan was a great man with a great heart of gold he always made time for me and my family! There r so many memories I will always treasure even when I...Read More »
63 of 75 | Posted by: Kimber Kleinknecht Evenson - ND

“My sincerest condolences to his family. We never met but I can see from the memories he meant a lot to many people. May he rest in peace. ”
64 of 75 | Posted by: Brenda Koch Mirsberger - NH

“Meribeth, that was a very nice obituary you wrote for Dan!! When you asked me if I'd help Dan out, that was a no brainer to me! He was such a great...Read More »
65 of 75 | Posted by: Chelsey Ehlis - Mandan, ND

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
66 of 75 | Posted by: Jim and Betty smrcka - mandan, ND

“Many thoughts and prayers for your families. The Hendrickson's. ”
67 of 75 | Posted by: Diane Hendrickson - Bismarck, ND

“My deepest sympathies to Meribeth and all of Dan's family. Dan was such a genuine and kind soul each of the few times I had the pleasure of chatting...Read More »
68 of 75 | Posted by: Sarah Miller - Mandan, ND

“Thoughts and Prayers!!!! ”
69 of 75 | Posted by: Ashley Woltes Bastien - Fargo, ND

“My feelings are strong and I want all of Dannys friends and family to know ... he touched all of us ... This is what I wrote on my Facebook page. ...Read More »
70 of 75 | Posted by: Steven - Jamestown, ND

“My deepest sympathies to Lance, Jeff, Rod & Sandi, Lisa & Don (the immediate family I personally know) and to all the rest of the family I don't. No...Read More »
71 of 75 | Posted by: Craig Gaier - Jamestown, ND

“Dan was a very wonderful person and he will be missed greatly. Although his struggle with his diseases was short, it was a trying one no less. ...Read More »
72 of 75 | Posted by: Shirly Krapp - Jamestown, ND

“Our deepest sympathy to the entire Wilhelm Family - our thoughts are with each of you and our prayers. May all your memories stay with you and...Read More »
73 of 75 | Posted by: Dave and Karon Orr - Jamestown, ND

“prayers and thoughts are with you all. From the Wolds ”
74 of 75 | Posted by: angie wold greenlund - Jamestown, ND

“So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time. ”
75 of 75 | Posted by: Wanda Vining Alber - Jamestown, ND


Daniel Wilhelm, 55, Bismarck, died November 11, 2012, at Sanford Hospital, Bismarck. There will be a private family funeral service. Daniel Patrick Wilhelm was born October 28, 1957, in Bismarck, N.D., to Donald and Betty Wilhelm. He grew up and attended schools in Bismarck and Jamestown and attended college at Northwood Institute in Michigan and Texas. Dan began his career in the family's auto business at an early age, eventually owning and operating Wilhelm Inc. (Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Mazda and Saturn) in Bismarck until he retired in 2006. What was most defining and admirable about Dan is how he dealt with his diagnosis of Huntington's Disease in 2009. Throughout the disease process, not once did he feel sorry for himself, complain, or even question why he was afflicted with the disease. He faced it with a positive attitude, courage, bravery, and determination. Although Dan eventually passed away due to complications related to the disease, his kindness, humility, and strength will live on in our hearts forever. He was a wonderful gift to us and we were blessed to have him in our lives. He will be greatly missed and we will love him forever. Thankfully, Dan was able to stay at home throughout the duration of his illness, which would not have been possible without the help of special friends. The family would like to thank Sloane, Laura, Mikey, Chelsey, and Joee for helping to care for Dan. Also, a very special thank you to the dentists at Prairie Rose Dentists who always respected the time Meri Beth needed to be home with Dan. Dan is survived by his father and stepmother, Don and Mary Wilhelm, Detroit Lakes, MN; his children, Lance Wilhelm, Jamestown, and Chantelle (Allan) Williams, Jamestown; his brothers, Rod (Sandy) Wilhelm, Jamestown, and Jeff Wilhelm, Jamestown; his sister, Lisa Wilhelm Lindberg, Bismarck; his three grandchildren, Ryan, Leo, and Felicity Williams, Jamestown; his uncle, Ray Kiemele, Bismarck; his aunt, Karen Miller, Otis Orchards, WA; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and his best friend and devoted companion of many years, Meri Beth Cornforth, Bismarck. Dan was preceded in death by his grandparents; aunts; uncles; and his beloved mother, Betty O'Donald Wilhelm. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to pay his/her respects to Dan is encouraged to make a contribution to the hospice program of his/her choice, as the caregivers are truly special and caring angels to families dealing with terminal illness.

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