Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Ryan James Wilhelm

Ryan James Wilhelm, 44, of Albemarle passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. His funeral service will be 2 PM on Friday, February 12, 2021 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel in Albemarle with Rev. Rick Clough and Rev. Nina Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. His body will lie in state at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle on Friday from Noon until 1:30 PM.
Born July 24, 1976 in Stanly County, NC he was the son of James C. Jim Wilhelm Jr. and Barbara Morris Wilhem of Albemarle. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and former assistant grocery manager with Food Lion.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiance’ April Hinson of the home, three children: Sydney Wilhelm and Lilly-Ann Wilhelm of the home and Shelby Coe of New London, two grandchildren Emma and Ava Coe, sister Erin Bowers (Jeremy) of Albemarle, three nieces Mary Beth, Lainey, and Grace and nephew Maddox.
Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 2411 US Hwy 52 N., Albemarle, NC 28001.


  • Rhonda & Hunter Hughes Posted February 10, 2021 1:29 pm

    Dear Wilhelm family, We’re all heartbroken over the sudden loss of Ryan. May God hold you all closely during this time of sorrow. Our love and prayers are with you always❤️

  • Kathy Ritchie Whitley Posted February 10, 2021 2:58 pm

    To Jim and Bobbie— I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Ryan coming in Spee Dee Mart at a young age and being so sweet! Praying for your family🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Mike and Sue Doby Posted February 10, 2021 3:39 pm

    We are saddened to here of Ryan’s passing. We knew Ryan since he was in school with Jeff and AMY At NORTH STANLY.. Ryan always showed a friendly and fun loving personality. Our Prayers go out to the entire family.

  • Staton Williams Posted February 10, 2021 7:11 pm

    Jim / Bobbie,

    I am so sorry. I wish I was closer. I would like to be there right now. Jim, you and your Dad were always there for me. I thought so much of your Dad. I am sorry, buddy.


  • Bobby and Tobie Starnes Posted February 10, 2021 8:16 pm

    prayers for the family.

  • Heather Kilde Posted February 10, 2021 9:51 pm

    April and family our prayers for comfort and peace are with you.

  • Cathy Thurston Posted February 11, 2021 8:44 am

    So sorry to hear this. Ryan was such a super nice guy, .always spoke when I saw him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  • Janna Simpson Posted February 11, 2021 10:09 am

    April I am so sorry for your lost. Prayers for you and your entire family.

  • David Whitley Posted February 11, 2021 10:13 am

    I not only lost a cousin I lost a friend my heart breaks for April and his his children and grandchildren but also his family ❤️

  • Danyelle Blalock Posted February 11, 2021 11:56 am

    I’m so sorry for the Loss of Ryan. He was a nice feller. He cleaned Walmart parking lot on 3rd when I worked there and he was a jokester. He will surely be missed by many. Prayers for you April, and his girls.

  • Rebecca Hollis Posted February 11, 2021 1:17 pm

    May God bless the family of Ryan Wilhelm and give you the comfort and peace that can only come from Him. I want to remember the little boy that would go to Morrow Mountain with our families and camp and hike for miles! Love to all, Becky

  • Cindy B.Almond Posted February 11, 2021 2:28 pm

    April and all the family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re all in my prayers for comfort and peace. Lean on the Lord and your family and friends and you will get through.
    God bless you

  • Michael Hollis Posted February 11, 2021 2:55 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news of Ryan passing. He was an awesome childhood friend for which I have many wonderful memories and shared many if not all the same hobbies growing up together. For that we can thank our parents for keeping family and friends an important part of our lives and enjoying all those moments together. It is sad that we often lose touch with those that we grew up with but when I did bump into Ryan over the years he seemed to always be smiling and happy to see you which is certainly the Ryan I remember. Again… I am so sorry, and my prayers are with the entire family.

  • Kathy D Swaringen Posted February 11, 2021 4:23 pm

    April Michael and I was so sorry to hear about Ryan. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your daughter. Just trust in the Lord and he will carry you through . He is always there when we need Him.

  • Tony & Linda Harper Posted February 11, 2021 6:31 pm

    So sorry……Prayers for your family during this most difficult time

  • Bob Remsburg Posted February 11, 2021 8:42 pm

    So sorry to hear this news. Ryan was a fun student and all of you were great friends. Our prays for each of you as you deal with this loss.

  • Lacoya Mckay Posted February 12, 2021 9:58 am

    So sorry for your loss. Ryan was a great classmate and he will never be forgotten. Rip Ryan. Co/94.

  • Teresa Dipplr Posted February 12, 2021 12:26 pm

    April and family, my thoughts, love and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Rod Almond Posted February 12, 2021 12:31 pm

    Kelly and I would like the entire Wilhelm family to know of our deep sorrow at Ryan’s passing. We rejoice in the time you had together, and pray for peace and comfort as you adjust to his home-going. God bless you all!

  • April Griffin Posted February 12, 2021 3:25 pm

    Love and prayers to each of you, especially April, my friend from childhood. Even though we may not talk everyday, you are on my mind often and I am heartbroken for you and Sydney. You are one of the strongest people I know. Love you!

  • David and Pam Long Posted February 12, 2021 6:38 pm

    We are deeply saddened by this and are so very sorry for your loss. We would run into Ryan occasionally at the grocery store and see him at youth league ballgames always enjoying the conversation s. He was always smiling and just a friendly person!We are praying for you all and askingGod to hold you tightly and give you strength and comfort ..

  • Misty Fontana Posted February 12, 2021 7:53 pm

    April and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You have been in my thoughts since I ran into you at the hospital. I pray that you will find peace and heal with time. Continuing to pray for you and the family.

  • Sherry Smith Posted February 13, 2021 9:02 am

    My heart breaks for your family. Ryan was my friend and classmate my whole life so many memories from elementary school. Prayers for his lived ones.

  • Steve & Janice Almond Posted February 13, 2021 4:04 pm

    Jim, we are thinking of you at this difficult time.

  • Eric M Johnsen Posted February 15, 2021 2:47 pm

    My deep condolences on your loss. My memories of Ryan growing up are those of a friendly, smiling, enthusiastic lad who brought joy into the world. May the Lord comfort you, DrJ

  • Amanda Cole Posted February 15, 2021 4:51 pm

    We are thinking of you all. The family has been a bletto us over the years. Always welcoming , and caring. We love you all.

  • Amanda and Joe Knox Posted February 16, 2021 8:51 am

    Our heart breaks for your loss. We will have you all in our prayers during this difficult time.

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