John Jack Wolf

March 4, 1934 - January 6, 2022

John Jack Wolf


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John “Jack” Wolf  1934-2022

Jack passed away on January 6, 2022, in Madison, Wisconsin surrounded by his family.  He was born March 4, 1934, to Mabel Francis and C.J. “Doc” Wolf at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Belvidere, Illinois.  Jack was a graduate of Belvidere High School class of 1952 and was also a graduate of Lake Forest College.  

On June 17, 1961, he married Peggy Luckow in St. James Catholic Church.  Jack and Peggy had four children Anthony (Tony), Amy, Andrea, and Julie.  He was a life-long member of St. James Catholic Church. 

After college, Jack went to work for his father at Wolf Chevrolet Sales in downtown Belvidere. 

Jack purchased his first automobile dealership in Genoa in 1958 and sold it in 1961.   Jack purchased the Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC dealership in Belvidere in 1963. In 1969, he acquired the American Motors franchise which over the years evolved into the Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat franchises.  He attended the General Motors School of Merchandising and Management, was a member of the Illinois Auto Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Jack loved his hometown of Belvidere and was very involved in the community.  He was an active member of the Belvidere IOU Club, past president, and of course “Master Story Teller” at their weekly meetings. He was on the Board of Directors of the Belvidere Bank for almost 25 years, founding member of the Boone County Community Foundation, lifetime member of the Boone County Historical Society, long time member of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce, and board member of Rock Valley College for many years.  Jack joined the Belvidere YMCA in 1963 and always felt that one of his greatest accomplishments was when he was president of the building committee responsible for the construction of a brand new state of the art facility that was dedicated in 1968.  Jack and Peggy donated land to the Belvidere Keenage Center and he was on the building committee for the facility constructed on the site.

Boone County’s public art landscape was greatly influenced by Jack’s passion and love of bronze sculptures. Jack and his wife Peggy found great joy in sharing this passion by providing seven amazing works by nationally recognized sculptors.  Most recently, he shared his love of art by commissioning The Walldogs (a group of highly skilled sign painters and muralists from all over the globe) to paint a mural on the O’Brien and Dobbins building that depicts the locally built Eldredge automobile.  In 2003, Jack was the recipient of the Belvidere Chamber of Commerce’s Doctor of Civic Betterment Award which “honors an individual who has devoted their time and energy to serving this community.”

Jack loved the car business but also loved real estate and watching things being developed and built.  He loved helping people by mentoring and giving advice especially to his children at the dinner table with an ongoing kitchen lecture series that included riveting topics such as “Habits of The Average Burglar” and “How to Brush Your Teeth!”  Jack and Peggy enjoyed playing gin rummy, taking walks, and watching the birds together.   Jack loved World War II history, fishing and hunting in his younger years, and was an absolute whiz at telling jokes and stories.  He constantly whistled and made up crazy songs to sing in his office at work or as he walked through the house. He had a famous sweet tooth and could often be seen sneaking into the kitchen to get a frozen chocolate chip cookie or two or three or four!! And of course he always looked forward to getting together at the Steamplant with his buddies every Saturday for a “friendly” game of Liar’s Poker!   But most of all he loved his family and worked hard to provide a wonderful life for his wife, children and grandchildren. 

Jack is loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Peggy, son Tony (Heather) Wolf; daughters Amy (Loren) Wilcox, Andrea (Jason) Reynolds, Julie (Butch) Lightfoot and Janine (Kevin) Larson.  Grandchildren Hannah, Noah, Sydnee, and Jack Wolf, Molly (Mitch) Yahr, Madeline Wilcox, Mya Reynolds, Jack Larson and several nieces and nephews. 

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill, infant sister Susan, and in-laws Henry and Edith Luckow.

The visitation for Jack will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with a time of remembering Jack’s life at 5:30 p.m.  The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 17, 2022, at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL with Rev. William Schuessler celebrating.  Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in Jack’s name to St. James Catholic Church, Belvidere IOU Club, and The Boone County Historical Society.  To share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Sunday, January 16, 2022
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The visitation for Jack will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with a time of remembering Jack’s life at 5:30 p.m.






Monday, January 17, 2022
11:00 am

St. James Catholic Church

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 17, 2022, at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL with Rev. William Schuessler celebrating.  Burial will be in Belvidere Cemetery







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All our prayers to Jack’s family. I recall many dinners at my friend, Tony’s house, as a kid. Jack would come in from work and weave a tall tale, or many times a new joke he had to share. He was indeed a master story teller, and more importantly, always a kind soul. He will be remembered.

Bob Chambers 2022-01-15T20:22:37

I am so very sorry for the loss of Jack. He was a caring and giving man that will never be forgotten. We send all of our love from the Snook family.

David & Liz Snook 2022-01-15T10:31:09

Sending prayers and condolences to the family and his friends. Jack was my boss in the 60’s when I delailed at his shop.I also considered him a friend and I enjoyed being in his company. I last saw him at the Steam plant 2 years ago and we had a nice chat. I would have been at the visitation but am unable at this time to travel back from my AZ home. He will be missed and always remembered with fondness.

Parnell Thomas 2022-01-15T10:27:44

Jack was one heck of a guy, a pleasure to know. He always spoke with me sharing his thoughts and ideas. As a new City Council man I was impressed that Jack wanted to get to know me as a person. As a senior Alberman sixteen years later I was grateful Jack was a friend. A top notch promoter, community activist and Jack did it all. You will be missed old friend. You will be missed

Percy Gordon 2022-01-14T05:41:44

Very sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. I hope your many memories will comfort you in this difficult time.

Donna Bates 2022-01-14T03:42:36

Jack was a good friend for over 50 years. I’ll miss him lot. I believe the community will, too.
He would initiate his donations to something that would benefit the community. He did not wait
to be asked.

PAUL WALLEM 2022-01-13T10:04:49

Thank you to the Jack Wolf family! So Sorry for your loss. May God bless you with his comforting arms wrapped around you! Rest in God’s peace and love!!!

Lisa Woods 2022-01-13T07:56:12

Jack was one of the founding members of our Boone County Community Foundation. His dedication to BCCF is but one example of his many community involvements over the decades. He leaves a legacy that touches so many in our community now and for years to come.

Ken Swanson, BCCF Chair 2022-01-11T11:43:42

I was so sad to hear of Jack’s passing. He was one of a kind!
I first met him when my husband started working at the bank. Brad and I were warmly welcomed into the Belvidere community by Jack, Peggy, and other members of their family. Jack was so charming and entertaining! I loved hearing his stories and jokes.
Jack definitely left his mark on the city of Belvidere and on the hearts of his loved ones and friends. Jack will be missed by many. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ellen Anderson 2022-01-10T07:03:18

So sorry for your loss. May GOD surround you with comfort and love at this difficult time. 🙏🏻♥️

Virginia Norris 2022-01-09T20:59:50

Peggy and family, so sorry for your loss. Much sympathy to you all.

Susan (Dr. Chen's office) 2022-01-09T13:04:52

Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Marilyn Hess 2022-01-09T12:10:25

Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Our loving thoughts embrace you during this difficult time.

Bob and Pat Creger 2022-01-09T09:51:38

Peggy. My heart breaks for your family’s lost. May God keep you and your children in his care.
All our love to you and your family, Joe and Eunice Beckman

Sarah E Beckman 2022-01-08T18:44:58

Peggy am so sorry for your loss. May God’s love comfort and sustain you and your family through your sorrow and grief.

Vicki Cummings 2022-01-08T17:25:25


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