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1934 Donald 2021

Donald Wolf

March 27, 1934 — May 1, 2021

Donald R. Wolf, 87, of Benson, IL passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at his residence.

He was born on March 27, 1934 in Benson, a son of Joseph “Sip” and Pearl Uphoff Wolf. He married Arlene Tallyn on January 9, 1960. She survives.

Survivors also include one son, Gary (Jean) Wolf of Minonk; three daughters, Stacy Wolf of Benson; Karla (Matt) Aeschleman; Marla (Chris) Rossman, both of Roanoke; one sister, Carol Janssen of Benson; seven grandchildren, Greg (fiancé Camille Hart) Wolf; Garrett Wolf; Matthew (Hayley) Aeschleman; Grace Aeschleman; Reed Aeschleman; Baleigh Rossman and Brynn Rossman; and one great granddaughter, Quinn Marie Aeschleman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Gene Wolf; and one sister, Shirley Patterson.

Donald worked at Kent Lumber and Coal for 17 years. He farmed for 10 years after his father-in-law passed away. He laid carpet for 30 years and worked 31 and half years at Caterpillar before retiring in 1998.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson, where he served 3 terms on the church council.

Donald helped form the Benson Park Board, served on the Benson Village Council for 2 terms, and helped with the Benson Museum. He served on the Benson Fire Department for 46 years.

He served 2 years in U.S. Army from 1955-1957. Donald never met a stranger.

He loved to be outdoors, and some of his favorite pastimes included working in his garden and driving around in his Gator. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family graveside service will be held at Clayton Township Cemetery at a later date. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benson American Legion Post #112 or St. Paul Lutheran Church in Benson.

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