Louis Richard Wilhelm passed away Sept. 15, 2016, at his home in San Juan Capistrano. Known to his friends as “Dick,” he spent his early years farming with his father and working as a master mechanic in town until he entered the Navy at the age of 18. After the Navy and while working as a laborer on the docks in Los Angeles, he met and married the love of his life, Dawne Wilhelm. They ran a company supplying janitorial services for many businesses. Dick was a volunteer with the Hermosa Beach Police Department reserve program and he was also a part of the famed deep sea diving team of Mel Fisher. Both he and Dawne were licensed Ham radio operators and also operated a small exotic animal quarantine for the Los Angeles Zoo. Dick also volunteered for many years with the Ramona Pageant in Hemet, California. Dick’s wife Dawne, was born legally blind and as a testimony to his character, he spent his life determined that she would never miss anything because of her disability.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Miller-Jones Mortuary, 1501 W. Florida Avenue in Hemet. A reception is to follow at the Diamond Valley Arts Council, 124 N. Harvard Street in Hemet. Both Dick and his wife Dawne will be memorialized on the wall at the Riverside National Cemetery.