In Loving Memory of Michael Leroy Wilhoite
October 12, 1951 – November 4, 2023
Michael Leroy Wilhoite was born on October 12, 1951, in Manhattan, Kansas, and on November 4, 2023, he completed his earthly journey in Kansas City, Kansas. He was one of eight children born to Jesse William Wilhoite and Loretta Mae Jackson, both of whom preceded him in death.
Michael’s life was one marked by dedication, versatility, and a deep love for his family. He graduated from high school in Manhattan and furthered his education at Kansas State University. For the majority of his working career, he served as the Maintenance Facility Supervisor for the Manhattan Housing Authority, showcasing his strong work ethic and diverse skill set.
Michael was a true Jack of all trades, with the ability to tackle any challenge he set his mind to. In his leisure time, he found joy in fishing, hunting, golfing, and cooking, but nothing brought him more happiness than spending time with his family. He held his wife, Evelyn Benita (Lewis) Wilhoite, in the highest esteem, took immense pride in his children, Marcus L. Wilhoite and his wife, Christi, and Marcquia E. Thorpe and her husband, Jason. He cherished every moment spent with his four beloved grandchildren: Treauja, Cierra, Bryan, and Anthony.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his brother, Jesse W. Wilhoite, Jr., and sister, Victoria Brooks. He is survived by his adoring wife, Evelyn, his children, Marcus and Marcquia, their families, and his loving siblings: two brothers, Gregory Wilhoite and wife Tamara, and Ernest Wilhoite; three sisters, Paula Fuller and husband Henry, Lori Powell and husband Alton, and Jacqueline Norman.
Michael Leroy Wilhoite’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, determination, and a deep love for his family. As we bid our final farewell, let us remember the cherished moments and the love he shared with all of us.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Michael Leroy Wilhoite on Saturday, November 11, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Douglas Community Recreation Center, 900 Yuma St. Manhattan, KS 66502. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Support Cancer Care At The University Of Kansas Cancer Center . Memories of Mr. Wilhoite and condolences may be shared on his obituary page at Meyersfuneralchapel.com