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William Wolfe

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 2:22 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — William O. Wolfe, 60, of Princeton passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1953, in Princeton to Ivan and Mable (Palmer) Wolfe. William attended Wyanet High School. On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on board the USS Forrestal for three years and then the reserves for another three years. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he entered the workforce, first as a laborer at Bassicks in Spring Valley, then working 18 years at Motorwheel in Mendota where he became a member of the UAW. When the plant closed, he went to Ultra Foam in Dover, and finally settled at Van Packers in Buda where he retired from.

William was a loving husband and father marrying Rita Lynn Wolfe on Sept. 29, 1972. He will be missed by his wife, children and friends. He was an active member of the Bureau County Christian Center. He was a member of the American Legion Post 125 in Princeton. William enjoyed spending his time with his family, fishing, reading, working crossword puzzles, and walking from one corner of Princeton to another. He loved his Chicago Bulls and Bears.

William is survived by his wife, Rita Lynn (Shofner) Wolfe; three children, Sherrie Wolfe of Peoria, Susan Sievert of Princeton and Maria Wolfe, also of Princeton; his mother, Mable (Ivan) Wolfe; and four grandchildren. Surviving also are two brothers, Stanley Wolfe of Washington, Ill., and Kenneth Wolfe of Walnut, and two sisters, Becky of Dixon and Emily.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ivan; his grandparents; and one infant sister.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service time and location has yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date.

Memorials should be directed to the family.

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

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