Earl R. Wilharms, 43, 2235 W. Wisconsin Ave., died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound in the upper left chest about 4:30 p.m. Saturday [August 14, 1965], according to Outagamie sheriff authorities.
He was found by his mother, Mrs. Joseph Wilharms, after she heard the shot in an upstairs bedroom. Wilharms lived at the home of his parents.
According to police, Wilharms had been despondent since his wife left him a week ago.
Wilharms died instantly of massive hemorrhaging according to county Coroner Bernard Kemps.