Mick began his lifelong journey seeking adventure on September 29, 1957 in Dickinson, ND as the son of Les and Lil Wilhelm.
His adventure ended unfortunately too soon on February 21, 2019 in Lewiston, ID.
If he had written his life story, there are those who would have filed it under “fiction” next to The Saga of Pecos Bill.
Except that those of us who knew and loved him would tell you his tales were true.
He loved the west, and he lived the west, wild and woolly every day.
During his incredible trip through life, he was a lover, a fighter, and a wild bull rider, rodeo clown, bull fighter, wilderness hunting guide in WY, ID and MT, horse trainer and cutting horse rider, farrier, carpenter, and oil field hand.
He was an incredible artist, creating beautiful leatherwork through the years and fashioning furniture made of wood and antlers.
He never met a stranger and he never shirked a task.
He wasn’t a man to frequent church on Sundays, but he lived by the Golden Rule.
He put his family and his friends first, and always took care of his elders, filling their freezers with meat.
He loved to bake cookies and send them in the mail to his loved ones. He was always sending little care packages to everyone; most recently tiny glass animals to 4 year old Tristyn for her to treasure.
He was the quintessential generous uncle to all his nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and countless extras who were blessed to know “Uncle Mick”.
He loved to hunt, fish and trap, skills he learned from his Grandpa Micky Transtrom, his twin Uncles Bob and Bill Transtrom and older brother Rick Wilhelm.
He loved good horses and good women, and finally, at the age of 51; married the love of his life, Pam.
Having celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, they were looking forward to a retirement of doing the things they enjoyed, in the wilds of Idaho that they both loved.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Pam Wilhelm, Lewiston, ID; Pam’s daughter Heidi Tamm, Moscow, ID; three sisters, Rita (Larry) Burr, Halliday, ND; Roz (Bill) Ammerman, Forman, ND; Leslie (Ross) Keltner, Cody, WY; and a brother, Robert (Sallie) Wilhelm, Orofino, ID.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and two brothers, Rick and Jim Wilhelm.
He also leaves behind a large family connected by blood and an even larger chosen family, many of whom called him their best friend.
The world is a far better place for having had his presence, and now a far lonelier place with his absence.
He was happiest in the mountains, surrounded by nature, and forever, when I look to my mountains, I will know he is there.
Go rest high on that mountain brother, I’ll catch up on the trail. Love, your little Sister, Leslie.
Life celebrations are scheduled for both Idaho and North Dakota.
The Idaho celebration will be held on April 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm at 1838 Burrell Avenue, Lewiston, ID.
The gathering in North Dakota will be held on June 8, 2019 in Halliday, ND.