Lyle Wolf

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 3:14 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Lyle Henry Wolf, 88, of Princeton passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

He was born Sept. 14, 1925, in Erie to Paul O. and Violet K. (Link) Wolf. He graduated from DePue High School in 1943. He married the love of his life, Marian J. Wilkinson of Aurora, in 1948. He was the founder and owner of Wolf Builders, Princeton, being in business for 40 years. During that time he built around 100 homes in the Princeton area.

Lyle was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Princeton Elks Club and Bureau Valley Country Club. He was also a charter member of the Illinois Valley Homebuilders Association. Lyle loved the outdoors and gardening. He also loved music, having played the accordion and the string bass in his younger years. He was a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Marian J. Wolf of Princeton; one son, Philip Wolf of Princeton; two daughters, Cynthia (Joseph) Baumgart and Amy (Michael) Hodge, both of DeKalb; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Robin) Baumgart of Pittsburgh, Pa., Linnea Baumgart of Chicago, Rachel (Alex) Pease of Albuquerque, N.M., Luke (Ashleigh) Wolf of Aviano AFB, Italy, Paul (Ines) Wolf of Ames, Iowa, Jonathon Wolf of Beale AFB, Calif., Nathan (Catherine) Hodge of New York City, Joshua Hodge of Danville, Ky., and Timothy Hodge of DeKalb; three great-grandchildren, Abbigail Wolf, Owen Wolf and Malcolm Pease; and one brother, Gale Wolf of Warren, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Glen Wolf; and one sister, Katherine Klein.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton with Pastor Scott Schmidt officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer's Association and St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

The Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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