Norm Wilhelmi, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. He was born on April 3, 1926 in Cicero, Illinois to Elmer and Helen Sladek Wilhelmi.
He was a long-time resident of Montreat and member of Montreat Presbyterian Church, EPC. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy and saw action in the South Pacific including Iwo Jima. Following the war, he graduated from Taylor University in Upland, where he met his beloved wife of over 60 years, Eunice Berg Wilhelmi.
He was affectionally known as "Coach" and served his first teaching and coaching position at Berne-French High School in Berne. He then served many years as director of athletics, coach and teacher at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York and later at Montreat-Anderson College in Montreat, North Carolina. Along with his teaching and coaching duties, he led the way in the founding of the Central Athletic College Conference, the East Coast Christian College All-Sports Tournament, the National Christian College Physical Education Association, the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Annual Christian College Baseball Tournament out of which developed a baseball clinic ministry teaching baseball skills and introducing Jesus to German youth.
For many years, he hosted a nationwide radio broadcast that used sports stories to tell listeners about Christian colleges and mission sports programs. He authored one book and several magazine articles. He has been inducted into the athletic halls of fame for Taylor University, the National Christian College Athletic Association and Montreat College. He served as mentor and life encourager for many friends all over the world.
He is survived by his wife of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sons; two daughters; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law; and a grandson.
A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 at Gaither Chapel on the campus of Montreat College. Burial took place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29 at Western Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Swannanoa, North Carolina.
Memorials may be made to Montreat Presbyterian Church, EPC or Taylor University, Upland, IN 46989.
Arrangements provided by Wilson Family Funeral Service in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Online condolences may be made at www.wilsonfamilyfuneralservice.com.