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Celebrating the life of

Joseph Henry "Joe" Wilharm

July 25, 1933 - February 02, 2023

Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry Wilharm, Jr. (Joe), 89, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2023. Joe was born July 25, 1933 in Savannah, Georgia to the late Joseph Henry and Irene Anderson Wilharm. Joe was a graduate of Commercial High School. He joined the United States Navy and after completion of his enlistment, he then joined the Georgia Air National Guard where he served for 33 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. After a brief retirement he worked at Nativity of Our Lord Church and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church for 16 years.
Joe loved the outdoors, whether he was cutting down a tree, planting flowers or fishing in the creeks and rivers nearby! He often said if you felt bad just go outside and work through it, you would feel better. Joe loved playing softball, as a young man in the Navy until recent years. Genealogy was a passion with Joe and he was able to document 169 years of Wilharms living in Thunderbolt! He was a member of the Greater Savannah Softball Association and The American Legion Post 184 in Thunderbolt.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Irene Anderson Wilharm, sisters, Betty Wilharm Greenwood and Rosemary Wilharm Atkinson.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Maryanne Sikes Wilharm, his sons, Kenny Wilharm and Mark(Tammy) Wilharm, Mike(Paula) Conner, and daughters, Julie Conner(Gary) Ulmer, Laurie Conner(Tom) McCain, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Dot Zipperer and Bobbie(Jack) Earle; his brothers, Tom Wilharm and Jim(Linda) Wilharm, many nieces, nephews, their families, along with many cousins, extended family, and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 9th at 1:00 pm and a Memorial Service, 2:00 pm at Fox & Weeks Islands Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to one of the following:
Renegade Paws Rescue,
Save-A-Life Inc. P.O. Box 16730 Savannah, GA 31416
Humane Society for Greater Savannah 7215 Sallie Mood Drive Savannah, GA 31406



Mary Ann , Laurie , Julie, Mike and family , I am very sorry to hear of Joey's passing. Our family always loved y'all .

- Janette& Mike Niemiec, Richmond Hill, GA - Georgia

Maryann, Kenny, Mark, Mike, Julie and Laurie. I am So Sorry for your loss. Uncle Joe was a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed my many. Praying for God's peace and comfort for all of you and your families.


Sympathy and condolences to Mary Ann and family. Thunderbolt lost one of her 'native sons", but he left his mark with his love of our community. His absence will be noticed, but his contributions and love will always be brought to mind. ROP Joey !! ;


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wilharm families during this difficult time in the loss of their loved one. Joe demonstrated so many fine qualities. The one very admirable quality he consistently demonstrated as an NCOIC in our ANG unit was his ability to "listen". He would always hear all input before he shared his thoughts. When he did speak, Joe's feedback was very sound and wise. He was a very good leader and well respected throughout the unit. Joe Wilharm has made very positive contributions in his life and set high standards for all who knew him. May God give his family peace and comfort during this challenging time.

- Jake R Suddath, Fernandina Beach, FL

Sending our condolences to Mary Ann and family. Joey was a good man and will be missed. He was our Thunderbolt historian and also quite a soft ball player. Frank & Kathy Grimm and brother Peyton Grimm

- Frank Grimm, Richmond Hill, GA - Georgia

Deepest Sympathy! Praying for the family at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Joe . Through His tender love and divine understanding, May God grant you and your family the comfort He alone can give. Vickie Godbee

- Vickie Godbee , Pooler , Ga

Dear Laurie and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I never met Mr. Joe, but his photo exudes kindness and love...may the love of friends and family bring you comfort.

- Brion Ehret, Savannah, Georgia

Dearest Laurie and family, I hope your cherished memories of Joe bring you comfort in the coming days. May love surround you and help you heal.

- Tammy Faughey, Savannah, GA

Sending love and prayers to all.

- Jo Ann Hiers Shuman, Thunderbolt, Ga

Laurie and family: I'm sorry for your loss; May the Lord comfort you and your love ones during your time of grieving... We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. Blessings.

- RICHARD W SPIVEY, Savannah, Georgia

We're so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear One.

- Nancy & Garry Gillenwater, Springfield, GA

Please accept our condolences. My dad (Bob) loved Joe and Maryanne

- Robert Zuccarini , Pembroke , Ga

May the peace of the good Lord be with Mr. Joe and his Family during this difficult time. Peace be with you all.

- Trey Conners , Thunderbolt , Geogia

Maryanne, I am sorry to hear of Joes passing. It is hard and it will take time when you lose someone you love. May God be with you during this period. Buddy

- Buddy Gallaher, Thunderbolt, Ga, Ga

Maryanne, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I spent many hours with Joe on and the softball field and enjoyed every one of them.

- Snookie, savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel