Passing of Gary Wilhelmi

Cindy Zimmerman 5 Comments

wilhelmiSad to hear that long-time market analyst Gary Wilhelmi has passed away. We remember spending so much time with him on the phone during our days at Brownfield when he would do the midday market analysis. Will always fondly recall his droll sense of humor and great sense of what the markets were doing. Rest in Peace, friend.

Here’s the notice from NAFB:

Gary originated thousands of market reports and commentaries from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange during his 30 plus year career and was a regular guest speaker on television and at commodity group meetings. In addition to his love of visiting with broadcasters, Gary was an avid baseball fan and always appreciated the opportunity to talk about his family. Gary had been ill since last fall and passed away on Monday. A private service for family is planned in the spring. Cards of condolence and memories of Gary can be sent to:

Nancy Wilhelmi
709 Lytle Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Markets, NAFB

Comments 5

  1. Chris Wilhelmi


    I am writing to express my appreciation for your words about my father (and since my son, Jude, is editing over my shoulder) and grandfather, Gary Wilhelmi. It was a timely affirmation of what we already know. It is reassuring to know that the people he talked with and to are aware of his passing and your representation of what he meant to his colleagues and listeners.

    What is not known was his devotion to his family in providing them a home in what he called “living a vacation” in a beach/ farming community in Southwestern Michigan. In doing this, he had to commute five hours each day to the Chicago Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange for his reports for 15 years.

    He was the grandson of generations of farmers going back to the arrival of the Wilhelmi family from Germany to Joliet, IL in 1846. Thus, he was drawn and truly committed to those he considered to be the backbone of our country—the farmers, ranchers, and the agricultural community. He bragged that he could never find a conversation so open and honest as one with any of these folks– “I would rather have a farmer tell me a lie than a politician tell me the truth.”

    As his oldest child, I recall hearing him broadcast. He never seemed so familiar as when he talked to each of you before during and after his reports. His concern to the day he passed was being accessible to what he built and maintained. Unfortunately, his time has passed, and so, it seems, the need for such a personal service in this new age of information and algorithms.

    But, what remains are the memories of his persistence in keeping his reports alive, the days he took his children to see the trading floors (where I was employed for 10 years), the familiar opening and closing bell of each trading session, his absolutely illegible handwritten reports, him signing “Walter Payton, get well soon” on all of our report cards, and a poignant reminder, provided by you, that we are not alone in missing him.

    From my family— his wife, Leni Wilhelmi, Cary, Josh, Amy, Abby, Mandy, and myself, we thank you for the words we can pass to his grandchildren.

    Bless you,

    Chris Wilhelmi

  2. Coach Lev

    Loved having discussions about softball with Gary. He always had an interesting perspective, and would tell it like it was, often with a mix of humor & sarcasm. Both Abby & Mandy (2of his daughters) played softball @ Valparaiso High School, and they both have that same witty sarcasm & humor. They were also excellent players, but he never gushed about them. I loved coaching his girls & interacting with Gary & his wife. Great man, great family. Sad day. Feel my prayers in your heart.

  3. Jane Wehrmeister

    I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the Wilhelmi family. Mr. Wilhelmi was an amazing man, and he (and Leni) were a big part of why I loved to play softball in grade school and junior high. He will always be fondly remembered by the Hinsdale softball community. Sending hugs and love…

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