Butch Wolf

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Wayne W. “Butch” Wolf, 86, of Freeburg, IL, born December 24, 1931, in Smithton Township, IL, died Thursday, January 18, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Wolf was born on his family farm, where he gained a great contentment and fulfillment early in life as a farmer and later, an avid gardener. Butch developed a deep love of nature and was a great outdoor sports enthusiast. He was a former member of the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club and a current member of the Okaw Hunting and Fishing Club.  He enjoyed gardening, Cardinal baseball, reading, fishing, jazz, big band music, and playing euchre with friends. He was the number one fan at his children’s and grandchildren’s events. He was an avid collector of brewery memorabilia, specifically Stag beer.

Butch was a man of faith, a devout Catholic, a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and a member of the Men’s Club at the church. He lived by the golden rule.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post #550, and was a heavy equipment operator before his retirement.  Butch was the master of the lost art of conversation, didn’t know a stranger, and was a friend to all.  He maintained multi-generational relationships in the area.  His great mind, life-long love of learning, and natural curiosity made him knowledgeable on a wide range of topics. He had an indomitable spirit and robust constitution. He broke the mold. Butch was our beloved father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, neighbor, and friend.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Peggy, nee Jany, Wolf, whom he married on January 2, 1965, and who died on February 22, 2006; his parents, Adam and Irma, nee Sped, Wolf; and a sister, Geraldine Quirin.

Surviving are his devoted children, Karen Wolf of Freeburg, IL,
John (Susan) Wolf of Plainfield, IL, Janice (Milton Sr.) Pinkston of Smithton, IL, and Joyce Wolf of Freeburg, IL;
five grandchildren, Liz, Nick, Codie, Milton Jr. and Lexy;
a sister, Rita Mae (Clarence) Koesterer of Belleville, IL;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law;
nieces and nephews;
and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to MindsEye, a service for those with visual disabilities, or to the Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, January 22, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling presiding and Deacon Corby Valentine assisting.

Burial with military honors will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.

 

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14 Comments on Butch Wolf

Maureen Albert said : Guest Report Feb 01, 2018 at 7:35 AM

Dearest Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at the sad loss of your beloved dad. May his soul rest in peace. Sending you lots of love. Big hug. Love Maureen from the UK.

  • London
  • United Kingdom
Mel said : Guest Report Jan 24, 2018 at 5:22 PM

My deepest condolences to the entire Wolf family. Butch treated me like my family as he did everyone. All my love to John, Karen, Janice and Joyce.

  • Beech Grove
  • IN
Jim and Sally said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious loved one. He was Jim’s long time beloved friend and he shall always treasure his friendship. Know we are holding you all close at this sad time. We have given a donation to the Disabled American Vets honoring our dear friend Butch. Love, Jim and Sally

  • Cave Creek
  • AZ
Lynette (Vollmer) Gartke said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2018 at 10:04 PM

To all the family members, my deepest sympathy in your loss. Butch was always a sweet gentleman, it seemed he never met a stranger. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

  • Vandalia
  • Illinois
Jo Patrick said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2018 at 9:41 PM

To the Wolf Family - My sincere sympathy to all of you. Butch was a very special individual. He will be joining his beloved Peggy. Love to you all.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jill Oeltjen said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful man. You were all truly blessed to have had him with you for so many years. My condolences to all of you.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Lydia Amoah said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 9:02 AM

Dear Karen and Family, Sending each and everyone of you a love that surpasses all understanding. I believe Butch is resting in perfect peace. You loved, valued and supported your Dad, there's no greater gift than love itself. Over the next few days, month's and coming year, I pray that God's grace withholds and carries you through. Love Lydia x ❤x

  • Surrey
  • United Kingdom
Tony Traci and Corey Miller said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 3:06 AM

I have many memories of Butch but the ones I cherish most are the last few years of just stopping by during a bike ride and sharing a beer a laugh and a wonderful conversation. We will miss him but will surely never forget him. May the peace of the lord be with his children and families.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Dom Ruggerio said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 2:29 AM

Karen& family My deepest condolences to you during this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Never easy to lose a parent , but we hope and pray they are in a better place.

  • Oakbrook
  • IL
Rhonda Minks Swinney said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 12:32 AM

So very sorry to learn of your fathers passing.

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Joy Mullins said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Prayers to John, Karen, Janice and Joyce. Have so many fond memories of Butch and family from when you lived on farm to the present. I will always remember Butch for his friendly smile and kind words. Hugs to you all.

  • Palm Coast
  • FL
Kaye (Ga) Whitlow said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2018 at 11:25 PM

So sorry for your loss. My prayers and hugs to you Janice and your family. Wonderful man your father. Love you guys.

  • Carmi
  • IL
Jon and Deb Johnston said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2018 at 10:47 PM

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Wolf family, as well as to the great many folks who’s lives he touched.

  • Plainfield
  • IL
Rosemary said : Guest Report Jan 19, 2018 at 10:40 PM

Talked to our mutual friend Joyce today I have lots of memories of Butch. Hope to see Mon am thoughts and prayers

  • New Athens
  • Il

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