Wilbert Kohlmeier, 96, of Waterloo, IL, died November 4, 2020, in Waterloo, IL. He was born August 26, 1924, in Wartburg, IL.
He is survived by his children Ardis (Robert) Henerfauth of Waterloo, IL, Dean (Susan) Kohlmeier of Waterloo, IL, and Aron (Myrna) Kohlmeier of Houston TX; grandchildren Lindsey Kohlmeier of Houston TX; cousins Florence Lenhardt and Leona Klein of Waterloo, IL, and other cousins of Porta Westfalica; sisters-in-law Irene Wentzel and Christa Wolf; nieces; nephews.
Wilbert is preceded in death by his wife Vera L. Kohlmeier: parents Theodore and Sophia (nee Hohnbaum) Kohlmeier; sisters Lorena P. Lich and Audrey Hoffmann; brothers Raymond Kohlmeier, Fremond Kohlmeier, and Sylvester Kohlmeier.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church - Waterloo; Sister Cities of Portaloo; and 50 year member of Kaskaskia Trail Barbershop Chorus.
Attended the one room, grade school at Holy Cross Lutheran Church for 8 years. On his first day of school he didn’t speak a word of English just German. Then walked from Wartburg to the Waterloo School every morning for one year.
He loved farming, taking family vacations, and he loved to sing. He went to Germany 12 times and met some of his Kohlmeier cousins.
He taught his children to work hard, get enjoyment out of one's job, be respectful to others, and follow the golden rule. His family and friends were a treasure to him. He didn't complain much, frowned at gossiping, and always looked at the bright side. He loved a good clean story or joke. He was a happy guy full of joy, music, and laughter.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Sister Cities of Portaloo
Vera Kohlmeier Memorial Scholarship Fund
or Kaskaskia Trail Barbershop Chorus
11 AM until time of service Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church
1 PM Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Tony Troup and Pastor Merritt Demski officiating
Interment at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo, IL