Joseph E. Wilhite
December 25, 1944 - September 14, 2018
St. Louis, Missouri
Wilhite, Joseph E. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Friday September 14, 2018.
Beloved husband of Judith A. Wilhite (nee Grossmann), dear father; of Keith (Jennifer Warnecke), Kevin (Sara), Kurt Wilhite and Kelly (Josh) Burden dear grandfather of; Jonah, Megan, Emerson, Amelia and Violet dear brother of; Patrick (Mary Ann) Wilhite and the late Paula (Raymond) Lopez our dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Funeral Wednesday 9:30 am from John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes 7027 Gravois Ave. 63136 to St. John Paul II (Gravois & Heege) for 10:00 am Mass. Services conclude at church.
Memorials to American Cancer Society.
Visitation Tuesday 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday September 18, 2018
04:00 pm - 08:00 pm
John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Homes
7027 Gravois Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63116
Wednesday September 19, 2018
10:00 am -
St. John Paul II Parish
4980 Heege Rd. St. Louis, Mo. 63123
'We have this treasure in jars of clay...'
2 Corinthians 4:7a
To Mrs. Judith Wilhite, Keith, Kevin, Kurt, Kelly, and respective family members, what a 'Christmas Gift' Joe Wilhite has been to the world!
I recall the numerous calls l took for Joe, while working with him. His Mother called frequently, and when he was unavailable, we talked at length about her baby, Joseph, who was born on Christmas day...what a gift he was in every way - good looking, a voice as smooth as silk, a smile that warmed the heart, a demeanor to put anyone at ease, and a heart that loved all people regardless of the color of the skin or the color of the money, or lack thereof. WOW!!
For over 16 years, l had the privilege to work up close and personal with Joseph E. Wilhite, a privilege and honor for which l am eternally grateful to have had. He taught, by example, how to be excellent and deliver excellence in every role he undertook - boss, friend, investment manager, mayor of Wilbur Park, servant in his church, neighbor...his actions spoke louder than words, but his words were the icing on the cake! I will never forget the countless calls to his office, just to hear his voice, and the disappointment when l would answer...CLICK!!!!! LOL!!! He was a smooth operator with class, wisdom and integrity! He embraced us all, no matter how we operated...the good, the bad, and the ugly! His charismatic charm turned a frown into a satisfying smile every time. What grace he exemplified as an employer and business man! A man of accountability!! The lessons he taught in work ethics were phenomenal! No one was forgotten...he helped all in his sphere of influence whether investing, taking someone to see their doctor, helping clean someone's home, or sharing with the next generation how to wisely invest their time, talent and treasure. The love he had for his family, precious! His concern for his village and community - second to NONE!!
I will forever cherish our emails, luncheons, phone chats, sound counsel, and laughter even after retirement. He would retire one place and pick up where he left off in another arena, impacting lives with a whole lot of love as he went. I am so grateful to God for just recently providing me the opportunity to personally thank my friend for all he imparted and how he impacted our lives. I was 'summons to his office'! He gave me his farewell, even though that was not what l wanted to hear! Now Joe and my late husband can confer endlessly.
Judy, thank you and your family for allowing us time and space with such a man of grace - Joseph E. Wilhite - still my boss!!
God bless, blanket and comfort you all with His love, joy and peace!
PRattler aka Trish-Rev. Patricia RattlerJoe was one of the best men I know. He was so caring and thoughtful of others. A TRULY GOOD MAN with a strong faith. His concern for others was always present. His sense of humor so enjoyable and his advice about life so on target. He will be missed on this earth by many but I know in my heart that he is now with the Lord.-Margaret (Peg) Haas SlagleWe were so sorry to here of Joe's passing. He was a nice guy during our 4 years of high school. He was well liked & got along with everyone. We voted him our King at our court of Camelot at our senior prom. Rest in Peace Joe!-Charlene(Busch) & Tom Stratman I recall having a fairly good time at SFDS. Joe was one of my fellow students. I particularly recall senior year when Joe and Nancy Miller were voted King & Queen of the prom. Little did I know that just a little later Nancy would become my wife, we were married 50 years in 2014. Joe was a fine young man everyone liked him. My deapest sympathy to his family and friends.God rest his soul.-Larry Nelms
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