February 22, 1961 ~ September 13, 2022

Born in: St. Louis, Missouri
Resided in: Sorento, Illinois

David “Drummer Dave” Wilhelm, 61, of Sorento, passed away at 4:07 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Dave was born February 22, 1961 in St. Louis, MO, the son of Richard and Minnie (McFadden) Wilhelm, Sr.  He graduated from Highland High School with the Class of 1979, where he was the first male cheerleader ever. He worked for D & L Drywall in Staunton for many years and was currently the owner and operator of D.J. Construction in Litchfield.  He married Vicki Acklin on May 15, 2015 in Reno, IL, and they have enjoyed each other’s companionship the past 7 years.

Dave was humorous and could make anyone smile.  He never sat still, constantly working on projects or tinkering with cars and other motors.  Dave played in many area bands, including Hideaway and Country Rose.  He had an infectious personality, and he always left his mark on everyone who met him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Brenda Leach; and nephew, Nathaniel Wilhelm.

Dave is survived by his wife, Vicki of Sorento; children, Amy Wilhelm, Megen Wilhelm, Justin Wilhelm, William Wilhelm, David Schehl, Mark Massey, Jason Van Huss, and Dawson Haraugh; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Richard (wife, Cindy) Wilhelm Jr. of Irving, Calvin McFadden of New Johnsonville, TN, and Tim Ross of Livingston; and several nieces and nephews.

The family is hosting a celebration of life from 12:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Pavilion #4 at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Sorento with arrangements.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Dave, or to offer condolences to his family.


Celebration of Life: October 15, 2022 12:00 pm - October 15, 2022 4:00 pm

Lake Lou Yaeger Pavilion #4

Litchfield, IL 62056

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  1. Light a CandleFly High my Friend and watch over us and don’t come back to haunt Vicki lol
    You are now God’s greatest angel
    Love ya brother!
    Vicki don’t be afraid to call or just show up at my doorstep and even if you just want my shoulder to cry on, my ear to listen, or my arms to hug you, I don’t care what it is, I am here. Love you girlfriend.

  2. Light a CandleHave a blast and enjoy the bliss up there in Heaven, Handy Dandy Drummer Dave! You were certainly one of a kind and I’m so grateful that you were a part of my life friend! I will never forget you my friend! God bless you and keep you! Love you always! Vicki, I’m here if you need anything, you have my number, just call! Love you girl!

  3. R.I.P. Drummer Dave! You were a great friend. I didnt get to see ya much but it won’t be the same without you there with Vicky. You & Jeff (my brother) can watch over us from the heavens! Tell him I 💘 him & miss him!!

  4. Light a CandleI am thankful for the memories and fun times we shared. The great bbq’s, music, pool parties and laughter. You always had a way or a word to cheer me up and make me laugh. Don’t think you didn’t brother! 😚 Wish I cud have said goodbye and been on better terms.
    RIP brother Dave. Love,
    your lil sis- LU

  5. Light a CandleNobody has ever made my eyes sparkle the way you did when you came into my life and filled my heart with the most amazing love I have ever known. I know we had some pretty rough times over the last 15 years, but at least yours are over and done with. Mine are beginning all over again as I try to figure out how to take my next steps without you I miss you so very much, honey. Thank you for loving me. I’ll always always love you, Dave! Give Shasta a hug for me, ok?

  6. Light a CandleI love you dad and no word can explain how much I’m gonna miss you and how much I long to hear your voice on the phone when we would call each other just to see what we were doing that day and for all the laughs and smiles we shared and all of the great times we had together for all these years you weren’t just my dad you were also my best friend and I don’t know what I’m gonna do now or how to even handle this moment in my life I will always miss you and I will forever LOVE YOU POPS rest easy dad, it’s never goodbye its only until we have a drink again. Love your son William

  7. Light a CandleHad a lot of good memories I remember you teaching me and my sisters how to do back flips and u cheering for us!!

  8. Light a CandleDAVE, Where is My CINNAMON ROLL!!!!!!! I. I guess l’ll let you off the hook for it, for now that is. You just enjoy being in God’s presence, and dance with the angels. Little buddy I need for you to do me a favor, I need you to give my little Jeffy a hug and a kiss and tell him I love him and miss him. You two behave yourselves up there me and Vicki will see youns when we get up there

  9. Light a CandleMy heart is so empty and misses you immensely with every breath I take. I love you, Dave! Until we meet again, my love. 💕

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