Monday, March 19, 2012

Virgil Wikoff - Western Star

Virgil Wikoff

CHAMPAIGN – Virgil Cornwell Wikoff of Champaign passed away on March 16, 2012, at the C-U Regional Rehabilitation Center, Savoy. Virgil was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Decatur, the son of Virgil L. and Grace Cornwell Wikoff. He married Helen Moore on Aug.
23, 1947, in Maroa. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Savoy; two daughters, Terri (Robert) Bolduc of Woodbridge, Va., and Patti (Greg) Bolton of Champaign; and five grandchildren, Jon (Jennie) Bolduc of Frisco, Texas, Holly (Cavan) Dunn of Dallas, Texas, Josh Bolduc of Houston, Texas, and Kendra (Jon) Bristow and Kristi (Todd) Carlson of Champaign. Survivors also include four great-grandchildren, Sophia Dunn and Casey Bolduc of Texas and Lyndley and Atley Carlson of Champaign.
Mr. Wikoff grew up on a farm southwest of Maroa that has been in the Wikoff family since the 1860s. After graduation from Maroa Township High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater. He then attended the
University of Illinois and received his B.S. in architectural engineering in 1951, following which he was recalled to active duty in the U.S.N.R and served for 18 months during the
Korean Conflict.
When he returned to Champaign, he and a friend founded Lyman-Wikoff Inc., a general construction firm. He was a charter member of the CU Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders. He was also a member of the Central Illinois Builders Association of the Contractors of America, with whom he held several offices.
He became active in the CU Jaycees and served in many local and state offices. He was awarded a lifetime membership as a Senator in JCI in 1963.
Elected to the Champaign City Council in 1963, he served four years. He was then elected mayor of Champaign, serving eight years. During that time he was active in many associations, including the Illinois Municipal League, serving both on its board and as president.
In 1977, he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and served three terms. He was later appointed as a member of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and for many years was a public member of the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Commission. He was also a member of the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Wikoff was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Bloomington Consistory, Ansar Shrine and for a time was a member and chairman of the board of managers of the Masonic Home in Sullivan. He was also an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. He served on several boards, including the Salvation Army and DSC and was a member of the VFW, Kiwanis and the Champaign County Farm Bureau. He was
an honorary member of the UI Varsity I Association, a past president of both Quarterback and Rebounders, and was also a long time supporter of UI sports and the UI Foundation.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy. The Rev. Chuck Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Maroa Cemetery, Maroa.
Masonic rites will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the funeral home followed by visitation from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children (2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 22607-1460 or www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org) or the
Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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