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Obituary for John Jacob Wilhelm

John Jacob Wilhelm II, 48, entered into glory with the Lord, in peace, on February 22, 2021. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, John was a top graduate of Detroit Catholic Central (‘91) and then a student at the University of Michigan. Son to Paul John Wilhelm and Linda Diane Eddy. Survived by his brother Paul Anthony Wilhelm (Amanda Price Wilhelm), and sisters, Maria T. Sewell (Jason D. Sewell) and Elizabeth A. Stafford (Scott E. Stafford). Uncle to eight nieces and nephews, nephew to loving aunts and uncles, and cousin to many admiring cousins. John met life with courage, and a joyful and giving spirit, full of grace. While brilliant, ambitious and capable in body, mind, and spirit, he did not pursue the path of his own comfort, but rather the path of giving, relationships, and service. John was injured in July 1993 serving others in California, and then lived a life of service to his father and family as a long-term traumatic brain injury survivor, from age 20 until his passing. John lived at home, wheelchair-bound with his father, Paul, since 1995. Both pre and post-injury, John was a light to all he met. He was a leader in his youth group at Trinity Presbyterian Church and later in his college years a youth leader and campus leader and participated in several community programs post-injury. John lit up the room, had patience for those in pain, and was never one to cut short a conversation. He took no sympathy regarding his injury or condition, yet always showed thanks to those who cared for him. In his long post-injury life, John exceeded nearly every prediction. Post-injury, John’s faith in Christ did not diminish, and he persevered and did not despair, to the end. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor. Prayer service will take place at 7 pm with Pastor Leon Johnson. In accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, only 25 guests can gather indoors at any given time. The funeral home staff will rotate guests as they arrive so they may express their condolences to the Wilhelm family. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2021, at 11:00 am at Nie Family Funeral Home. As only 25 guests are allowed- a live stream link will be available so friends and family may attend virtually. The link will be available on Friday at 10:50 am here under webcasting under the Photos & Video Tab, or visit The Nie Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services Facebook page to watch the live stream. Nie Funeral Home Visitor Guidelines: If you feel sick, have cold or flu-like symptoms, and/or have a fever, please go back home. Cover Face and Wear a Mask when in the building. We can have up to 25 family members and friends in the visitation room at one time Please avoid personal contact like shaking hands or hugging, please extend verbal salutations. Please cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, please dispose of the tissue immediately. Please wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds under running water. Please avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Please hold Paul and his family in prayer during this time of loss.

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