Sunday, August 19, 2018

Talmadge “Ted” Wolfe

Talmadge “Ted” Wolfe, age 95, died on July 31, 2018, at 10:45 a.m.

He and his wife had recently moved to Autumn Ridge Support Center from their country home North of Reevesville. Ted was born April 29, 1923, in Richmond, Virginia, to Talmadge D. Sr. and Alpha Jane Hard Wolfe. When his mother died in 1934, he went to live with her brother and his wife, “Bill” and Margaret Hard, in Detroit, Michigan. He spent the ensuing summers until he joined the Navy, with another uncle, “Jim” and Bess Hard, in the village of Reevesville, here in Johnson County, Illinois.

Ted joined the U.S. Navy in January, 1941, and found himself serving the next 4 years and 7 months as an aircraft mechanic in World War II. On his return from the South Pacific, he headed straight for his uncle’s home in Reevesville, where he met Shirley Cummins and they were married at the Methodist Church in Vienna on September 21, 1947. Their union was blessed by three daughters; Susanne, born in 1949; Sarah, born in late 1950; and Julie, born in 1960.

For most of those years, Ted and Shirley lived just north of Harrisburg, IL, between the villages of Raleigh and Galatia. They are blessed with five grandchildren; Joshua and Nicholas Moore, Alex Reeves, Jordan Nalevac Morcombe, and Samuel Wolfe, all of whom adored their doting grandfather. As do his five great-grandchildren; Hannah and Hope Morecombe, Bennett and Anneliese Moore and Isabelle Moore.

In August, 1948, Ted began his forty years of employment for the Southeastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, at that time headquartered at Eldorado, Illinois. After “Correspondence School” studies, most of those years, Ted served as superintendent of the engineering department. Upon his retirement, he and Shirley moved to a family owned “farm/home” place about two miles west of Reevesville, where they happily enjoyed “country-living” for thirty years. 

They were active members of Vienna United Methodist Church. Through the years, Ted had responsibly fulfilled duties in most of the “lay” positions a church had to offer …from chairman of church boards, worship service usher, Sunday school superintendent, choir member, serving on countless “committees”; even, at one point in Harrisburg, teaching the “primary” Sunday school class! Both the “diners and volunteers” at Vienna UMC’s “True Vine” Saturday evening meals, Ted was much appreciated as the “certified dish-washer,” until he became ill.

After at memorial service at Vienna UMC at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, with “visitation and sharing” followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall, his ashes, as he requested, will be placed in Reevesville Cemetery where many of his ancestors are buried.

So, for Ted Wolfe, his family and friends will now abide with wonderful memories of this fine man.

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