Wilmer O. Ekholm

  • Born: September 3, 1917
  • Died: January 15, 2013
  • Location: Hutchinson, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460

Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wilmer Oscar Ekholm, 95, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. He was born on September 3, 1917, on the family farm south of Windom and lived on the same farm until age 94. He was the son of Frans Oscar and Lillie Josephine (Peterson) Ekholm. He was a farmer and stockman throughout his life.

On March 24, 1946, Wilmer was united in marriage to Hazel I. Slabach in Hutchinson, KS.

Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Frances Troyer, Bertha Birkes, and Amy Anderson, niece, Dorothy (Birkes) Clark, and nephews, Gary Birkes and Russell Troyer.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Ekholm of Hutchinson, KS; sister, Hazel Raleigh of Rockford, IL; three nieces, Renee Raleigh of Rockford, IL, Gwen Oleen (Glenn) of Falun, KS, and Judy Clark (Preston) of Hutchinson, KS; three nephews, Richard Birkes (Mae) of McPherson, KS, Robert Raleigh, Jr. (Cindy) of Rockford, IL, and Rick Raleigh (Pam) of Kaukauna, WI; sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Marjorie and Wayne Goertzen of Buhler, KS, Lois Slabach of Clearwater, KS, and Steve Barcus of Wichita, KS; and many relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Andover Lutheran Church, rural Windom, with Rev. Thomas Hallowell officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to Andover Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or Hospice and Homecare of Reno County in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

As a young teenager from California, I had the opportunity to experience life on a Kansas farm with family friend John Malm, Mildred and Tilly between school sessions. One of the more memorable individuals I was introduced to and worked with that summer was Wilmer. At first he was hard to figure as he was so quiet but he outworked everyone in such a focused yet cheerful manner I quickly grew to respect him immensely.

I apologize for being supremely late. I found this site doing research for a cross country motorcycle tour that will include a stop in McPherson where I will indulge in a bit of reminiscing in the town my grandparents, Walfred and Karin Johnson (Elofson), are buried.

Posted by Richard "Dick" Johnson - Huntington Beach, CA - Family Friend   February 28, 2017


Dear Hazel,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort as you go through this most difficult time. Wilmer will me missed by all.

Posted by Dean & Sherrie Bohlen - Hutchinson, KS - Friend   January 22, 2013

Visits to visit family in Kansas when I was small were always such fun! I have such fond memories of Uncle Wilmer in his bib overalls, telling corny Swedish jokes, and always with an impish grin on his face. He will be greatly missed by all.
With deepest sympathy to Aunt Hazel, all family and friends.

Posted by Renee Raleigh - Rockford, IL - niece   January 18, 2013

Wilmer was always a sweetheart when he came in to the insurance office. He was one of a kind! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Hazel and family.

Posted by Julie Vogts - Canton, KS - Aquaintence   January 17, 2013