Norman Wilke

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Norman B. Wilke, 90, of Shiloh, IL, born May 9, 1932, in St. Libory, IL, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at his residence.

Norman, founder of the long-standing metro east window and door company, Wilke Window & Door, Inc., grew up in the small town of St. Libory, IL. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 4, 1952, at age 20, and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Norman was honorably discharged from the Army in 1954, after serving two years in the 4th platoon as a 114th Graves Registration Quartermaster, to go home and marry his sweetheart, Dorothy, on January 11, 1956.

In 1962, Norman started a small, one-man operation installing screen doors in addition to his full-time job at Swift Packing Company in East St. Louis, IL. He eventually grew his sideline business into one of the largest window and door dealerships in the Metro St. Louis area – Wilke Window & Door Co., Inc.

Norman decided to semi-retire in 1991 but continued to work alongside his son at the family business. Later, he started a separate division of Wilke Window & Door called Norm’s Bargain Barn, selling discount windows, doors and cabinetry. He oversaw the operations of Norm’s Bargain Barn, often working 40+ hours per week into his 90’s.

Norman loved his family. He was dedicated to hard work and was genuinely interested in the needs of his customers and employees. He was well known in Shiloh and the surrounding areas both for his character and his “pet” Clydesdale horses that he raised and displayed at many area parades and events through the years.

Norm was also a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, the Shiloh Eagles 545, the American Legion – St. Libory Post 683, the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, and the local area “Norms Club”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerhard and Martha, nee Sandheinrich, Wilke; his sisters, Lorraine Weber, Laverne (Jerome) Schoenherr; his brother, Roman (Doris) Wilke; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Christine Schulte; and his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Alvina (Aloys) Albers, Leo (Clara) Schulte, Lawrence (Delores) Schulte, Joseph Schulte, Ray Michels, Ray Schwaegel, Ralph Tonnies, Hugo (Arlene) Schulte, Leo Speichinger and Clara Kohrmann.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Dorothy, nee Schulte, Wilke;
his children, Carolyn (Joe) Wilke-Wojtal, Steven (Ruth) Wilke, and Lisa (John) Wilke-Lee;
ten grandchildren, Alexandra (Zebulon) Holder, Nicholas (Alyssa) Wojtal, Christina (Matthew) Smith,
Michelle Wilke (Brendan Wrubel), Matthew (Katie) Wilke, Samantha Wilke, Victoria (Connor) Wiley,
Mitchell (Marissa) Lee, Hayden Lee, and Tessa Lee;
five great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Holder, Arabella Smith, Ethan Wilke, Oliver Wilke, Lawson Wiley, and baby Smith, due in March;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vernon Weber, Bob Kohrmann, Helen Tonnies, Alice Speichinger and Loretta Kuderna;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Nina Dorsey for her assistance and exceptional nursing care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Teresa School in Belleville, IL or to ProMedica Hospice, Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2022, and from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1201 Lebanon Avenue, Belleville, IL 62221.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2022, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville IL, with Fr. Jim Thomas and Msgr. David Darin concelebrating.

Burial with military honors will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, IL

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41 Comments on Norman Wilke

Melinda at RSL said : Guest Report Dec 22, 2022 at 6:20 PM

Wishing the family peace knowing he is at rest now. He surely will be missed. Norm was a great man talked with him many times over the past 16 years . He shared pictures of his Clydesdales with us we sure did enjoy them.

  • Somers Point
  • NJ
Charles Thurig said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2022 at 11:40 AM

Norm was a key contributor to the Belleville "Neighbors for Renewal" program. His generosity and compassion to those in need was remarkable. A great man and person who will be missed by many. God needed another angel!

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jean Sturgill said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2022 at 9:10 AM

My sincere condolences to the family. Norm was a wonderful man!

  • Belleville
  • Il
Dennis Rueter said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2022 at 2:04 PM

Under the weather so could not get to wake but want to express my condolences to family. Very good man who treated people right. He will be missed greatly.

  • Columbia
  • Illinois
ROBERT SCHULTE/SANDY said : Guest Report Dec 17, 2022 at 9:39 AM

Dorothy and family.....Please accept our condolences. Norman was such a great uncle. Sandy and I will miss him dearly. I was at the wake but the line went out the back door of church. A great testimony to Norman's character. Sandy's back forced us home before we could visit.

  • Albers
  • IL
Margie (Bossler) Thole said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2022 at 4:57 PM

My sincere sympathies to the entire Wilke family… I have so many memories of Steve, Carolyn, and Lisa, growing up at the same time as my brothers and I did… So many family gatherings, so our folks could play cards, and as youngsters, we did so many fun things together. Norman grew with his business, and my parents would do business with him before anyone else! Norman please say hi to my folks in Heaven. I’m sure my dad will show you some things that need fixing. Merry Christmas in heaven….🎄♥️ Heaven needed a good Angel like Norman…

  • Aviston
  • IL
Rose and Sue Wisnasky said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2022 at 9:39 PM

Dorothy and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
KEVIN MCDANIEL said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2022 at 5:08 PM

SO SORRY OUR SYMPATHY ARE WITH THE ENTIRE FAMILY .WHAT A GREAT MENTOR HE WAS TO SO MANY .HIS WORK HABITS WERE THE BEST . I AM SURE HE WILL HELP ST PETE INSTALL NEW DOORS AT THE PERAL GATES WILL MISS YOU MR. WILKE

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lainey and Steve Strube said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2022 at 7:31 AM

Mr Norm as I called him, will be truly missed by me. He always loved to play pranks on me and I will truly miss those days. Mr Norm was one of a kind that is for sure and will always have a special place in my heart. thoughts and prayers to the family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Derek Dimmick said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2022 at 4:04 PM

We at Masterbrand Cabinets, are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • Jasper
  • IN
Marva L Simon said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2022 at 3:03 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. He was one of the sweetest and kindest men I ever met. I use to take the money at the Eagles chicken dinner and I always enjoyed him teasing me each time I saw him. May God give you the strength to move forward and keep him in your heart always. My prayers and thoughts are with you. He will truly be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
kiharris5513@gmail.com said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 7:12 PM

You have my deepest sympathies and prayers. Norm was always such a good man and always kind to everyone who met him. May you find peace, strength and love at this time of the season. With Deepest Sympathies.

  • Freeport
  • FL
Bob & Michelle Crain said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 6:05 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the Wilke family. Norm touched so many lives in so many ways. He was truly one of a kind and while he will be missed, the bounty of loving memories will endure forever.

  • Caseyville
  • IL
Konrad Deuster said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 4:18 PM

Norm was a very nice man and he had my biggest respect for still working at this age.Rest in Peace Norm.

  • Kempenich
  • Germany
Steve & Cheryl Duff said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 2:12 PM

What a kind and gentle man Norm was. He will be missed by all who crossed his path. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time...

  • Swansea
  • IL
Bette Ettling said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 12:57 PM

Condolences to Dorothy and family. Very sorry for your loss. Norm was a good man and neighbor.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
JoAnn Melesky said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 10:35 AM

Uncle Norman was my Godfather and when I was in the US Navy and living out of the area he and I would always correspond. His letters were a joy to read and always a reflection of his dedication to his family. Rest in Peace

  • Fort Meyers
  • FL
Russ Hart said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 9:56 AM

So sorry for your loss, Norm was a good man and patriot. Prayers and blessings to all.

  • Columbia
  • Il
YMCA of O'Fallon said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 9:49 AM

We are wishing you peace, comfort, courage and love at this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Your Y Family

  • OFallon
  • IL
Scott B McIntyre said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 8:34 AM

I am so sorry to hear about Norm's passing. What a great legacy he left. My deepest condolences you Steve and your family.

  • Amery
  • WI
Kelly Edinger said : Guest Report Dec 13, 2022 at 1:18 AM

I missed Norm today. He was a friend and a resource. I dickered with him for 30 years and his odds and ends are in my work. He cannot be replaced. To his family, I wish you happiness in the memory of a great and dutiful man of contribution and service. May your sadness in loss be outweighed by an exemplary and bountiful life. There are too few men like him. I doubt he'll slow down or retire when he gets to heaven. Put St. Peter to work Norm

  • Shiloh
  • Il
Kim Modrusic said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 7:38 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the Wilke family. He will truly be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Steve Tyler / Tyler Painting said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 7:21 PM

Had the pleasure of meeting Norm and working on his new residence , he was a very interesting man with lots of great stories my thoughts and prayers to Steve and Ruth

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Kent and Connie Flach said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 7:19 PM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

  • Addieville
  • Illinois
Gary and Debbie Pierce said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 5:51 PM

Our sincere condolences to the family. Norm was an extraordinary man.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Mr.&Mrs. Gary Bye said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 4:29 PM

Condolences to Dorothy and Family

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
Steve Strawn & Angie said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 4:28 PM

Glad I got to spend the little time I did with Norm. Our condolences are with your family.

  • Carlyle
  • IL
Karen Ott Smallwood said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 3:15 PM

I’m incredibly sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. Extending my sympathy to Dorothy, and the rest of the family. I will miss him so much. I’m sure I’m responsible for some of Norm’s grey hair!

  • Belleville
  • I L 62221
Martha Dudenhoeffer said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 2:26 PM

My sincere sympathy to Dorthy, Steve and Family. My prayers are with you.

  • Freeburg
  • Missouri
George & Sharon Papproth said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 12:09 PM

Our sympathy goes out to the entire Wilke family on the loss of such a great guy. Norm was a very big inspiration to me, and I am a better person having had the pleasure of knowing him for all these years. I have a lot of fond memories to hold onto. He will be greatly missed by many!

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Deb (Schneider)Willis said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 11:55 AM

Dorothy and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of Norm’s passing but happy to know that he was able to do so at home with his family. You know my Dad was in heaven waiting to greet him! Love, Deb

  • Swansea
  • IL
Tyler & Julia Hampton said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 10:43 AM

Our condolences to the family. Proud to work for a company Norm so clearly put so much love into.

  • Grand Forks
  • North Dakota
PERRY MILLER said : Guest Report Dec 12, 2022 at 8:25 AM

Norm was a wonderful compassionate man. We will miss him immensely. Sorry for your loss. He is now at a better place with no pain or sorrows.

  • NAPPANEE
  • IN
Timothy Hayden said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 1:49 PM

My condolences to the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Norman and Irene Engelman said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Our sympathy to the Wilke family. From your card playing buddies!

  • Mascoutah
  • Il
Donna and Steve Wrubel said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 10:58 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Glad we got to meet him on Thanksgiving. Our prayers are with you all

  • Columbia
  • Ill
Nancy Zahner said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 6:41 AM

Dorothy and family, so sorry to hear of Norm's passing. Please accept my sympathy. Prayers to all of you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve and Debit Giles said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2022 at 2:27 AM

Our condolences on losing Norman. He was the nicest man and so courteous to his customers which we were when we lived in Illinois. Our prayers for his family.

  • Omaha
  • NE
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2022 at 11:37 PM

My sympathy to the family! My Uncle Lee Agne & I always bought our windows & doors from him! Lee Agne Builder. Swansea, IL. "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him"

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri
Jane reeb said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2022 at 7:51 PM

Norm was so special!! He is a loss to all. Condolences to all the family. Hugs to dorothy

  • New baden
  • Il
Mike and Belinda Flores said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2022 at 5:33 PM

Carolyn words can not express how sorry I am about your dad. I pray for strength and understanding for you and you entire family. Just remember he's in no more pain. He's free walking into the gates of heaven. Prayers and hugs for you

  • Belleville
  • IL

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