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Quentin Earl Wilhelmi

February 7, 1930 — August 18, 2015

WILHELMI, QUENTIN EARL, of Cullen, VA. Passed away peacefully on August 18, 2015 at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Kathryn Wilhelmi of Joliet, Ill., his loving wife Gretchen Wilhelmi; his sister Joan Hammel; and his beloved granddaughter Stephanie Rose Wilhelmi;
He is survived by his son Kent Wilhelmi (Audrey Sullivan) of Farmville, VA; his daughter Karin Wiles (Dave) of Odenton MD; his son Karl Wilhelmi (Michele Whaley) of Anchorage, AK; his grandchildren Marshall, Ian, Sean, Rin and Karlie; many nieces and nephews, close neighbors and friends
“Que” (as he was known to all) was born and raised in Joliet, Ill and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School and Joliet Junior College. Seeking adventure and a chance to fly, he joined the Navy in 1949 and was assigned to Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. While in Pensacola he met his future bride, Gretchen and courted her until their marriage in 1954.
Que served 32 years in the Navy and his career took him all over the world. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleet, and at shore based duty on the East Coast, Japan, and Europe. In his early career he flew the P3 and the S2 in anti-submarine warfare squadrons. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and was an accident investigator in Virginia Beach. During the Vietnam War he served on the USS Intrepid for two tours as an Aircraft Handling Officer. He returned to flying and served as the executive officer of VS-34 and Commanding Officer of VS-28. After a tour at the Pentagon (at which time he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at George Washington University), he took his wife and family to Europe, with duty at MARAIRMED in Naples, Italy and SHAPE headquarters in Casteau, Belgium. He finished his service at CINCLANT in Norfolk, VA and ended his active duty on 1 July 1981.
Que and Gretchen had often remarked during their Navy travels that when he retired “someday they would buy a farm”, and with his retirement they made that dream a reality. They bought a beautiful piece of property near Farmville, Virginia and named it “Someday Farm.”- But he did not retire! For the next thirty-four years he worked at both improving both the farm and becoming an active and valued member of his new community. Although he had left the Navy, service was still an important part of his life
Que was a member of the Darlington Heights Volunteer Fire Department, the Prince Edward County School Board, Senior Citizens of Prince Edward, Southside Beekeepers, the Retired Officers Association, and Meals on Wheels, the Food Pantry, the Experimental Aircraft Association / Young Eagles, and a longtime officer on the Board of the Southside Electric Co-op. He was an enthusiastic member of the Farmville Rotary Club, and the YMCA. He lived his faith with participation and service at Saint Teresa Parish Church in Farmville.
Que was a wonderful father, grandfather, neighbor and friend. His bright smile and booming voice will be missed by all who were blessed to be around him.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd at the Puckett Funeral Home in Farmville. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 3rd at St. Teresa Catholic Church, with interment at Trinity Gardens. A Reception at St.Teresa Parish Hall will follow the graveside ceremony. Online condolences can be made at

Que’s Corn Pudding
1 Cup Sugar
2 tsp. Flour
3 eggs
1 Cup Milk
1 Can Cream-Style Corn
2 tsp. Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put sugar, flour and eggs in a bowl and beat with a whisk or a fork until well blended. Add milk, corn and vanilla. Mix well, pour into well-buttered 8x8 dish and bake about 1 hour.

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