Joseph E. Wilmes, 91 Ferdinand


Joseph E. Wilmes, 91, of Ferdinand passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

Joseph was born January 6, 1928, to Joseph H. and Matilda (Nord) Wilmes. He was united in marriage to Grace Matheis on April 24, 1954, in St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Joseph retired from Verizon Phone Company, formerly Contel, and from Wilmes Window Manufacturing Co.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Ferdinand Legion Post 124 and Ferdinand Community Center. Joseph was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church and it’s St. Joseph’s Sodality.

He was a graduate of Dale High School. He enjoyed playing music at several local nursing homes, and in several bands. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Grace Wilmes; one daughter, Karen (Keith) Jerger of Evansville; three sons, Glenn (Brenda) Wilmes and Kurt (Marya) Wilmes, both of Ferdinand, and Gregg (Kathy) Wilmes of St. Anthony; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Peggy Wilmes; one grandson, Jason Jerger; three sisters, Hilda Oser, Marcella Gogel and Margaret Fetter; seven brothers, Urban, Albert, Oscar, Clarence, Hubert, Ernest and Dennis Wilmes.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

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