Wilfred “Bill” Walter Wolff, of Mora, formerly of Phoenix, Arizona, died on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. He was 87 years old.

He was born on March 21, 1933, to parents Walter C. and Evelyn A. (Quade) Wolff in Minneapolis, at the University Hospital. He grew up in South Minneapolis and spent summers on a farm in New Hope. He attended Sidney Pratt and Sward grade schools and then South High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1950. 

He was united in marriage to Joyce (Westman) Transue, and they were blessed with three children, Belinda, William and Kimberly. Their marriage was dissolved in 1962. He later met Evelyn E. Ilstrup at work, and after working together for three years, she became his true love. They were married on Nov. 20, 1971. In 1979, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He worked for 52 years in the needle trade as a clothing pattern maker. The last 13 years he had his own shop before retiring at the age of 72. 

In 2004, after 33 years of marriage, his wife passed away. He returned to Minnesota in 2006, living in Rush City. He enjoyed volunteer work and was awarded the 2011 Senior Citizen of the year for Chisago County. He made a final move to the Vasa House in Mora in 2012. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Joyce; second wife, Evelyn.

He is survived by his children, Belinda (Bruce) Nehring, William “Butch” (Brenda) Wolff and Kimberly (Myron) Proehl; step-children, Pamela Hallauer and Gordon Ilstrup; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret (Art) Gobel; several nieces, other relatives and friends.

A graveside service was held on Monday, June 22, 2020, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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