William A. "Bill" Wolf

June 14, 1930 - June 12, 2018

William A.


William A. Wolf   1930-2018

Wm A. (Bill) Wolf was born June 14, 1930, in Rockford, IL.  Son of CJ (Doc) and Mabel Frances Wolf.  He graduated from Belvidere High School in 1947 and was a member of the undefeated 1946 football team.  He attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL where he met his wife, Sara Tyson Wolf.  They were married shortly before graduation on April 26, 1952.  Bill served his country with Army Military duty and was stationed at Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX.  He and Sara returned to Belvidere in 1954 to begin working in the family automotive business, Wolf Chevrolet Sales Inc.  He became the dealer operator in August 1962.  Bill was involved with the Illinois Automobile Dealer Association (IADA) serving as board president in 1988, the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) serving as the elected state of Illinois representative for 19 years.  Bill received the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1993 and served on the Chevrolet National Dealer Council.  Bill and Sara were active volunteers and very involved in their Belvidere community.  Bill was a founding member of the Boone County Conservation District and the Sister Cities Association.  He served as Belvidere Chamber of Commerce president and was honored to receive the Chamber’s Doctor of Civic Betterment Award in 2011.  Bill was elected and served on the Boone County Board and took an active role in building the Belvidere Public Safety Building.  Bill was an active IOU Club member for 64 years and a past president.  Over their 66 years of marriage, Bill and Sara enjoyed traveling together with many friends.  He was a lifelong faithful member of St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere.

Bill is loved and will be missed by his family; children, John (Candy) Wolf, Michael (Joyce) Wolf, Callie (Jim) Marrs, Chris (Norman White) Wolf; grandchildren, Janna (Dan) Earley, Scott (Katie) Wolf, Nickolas (Sarah) Wolf, Joseph (Char) Wolf, Frank Wolf, Mitch Wolf,  Matthew Wolf, Mary Wolf, Katie (JC) Fanning, Greg (Katie) Marrs, Lisa (John) Liebgott, Jeff (Kelly) Marrs, Stephen Wolf, Aaron Wolf, Alex Wolf; great-grandchildren, Alice Earley, Maeve Earley, Kendall Wolf, Kyle Wolf, Ethan Wolf, Kiley Fanning, Ally Fanning, Henry Marrs, Nora Marrs, Amelia Marrs, Evelyn Marrs, Sawyer Marrs, Griffin Marrs; brother Jack (Peggy) Wolf.  Bill is preceded in death by his wife, Sara; parents; son, Thomas; grandson, David and sister, Susan.  The family would like to acknowledge special home / caretaker, Betty and the kind service and staff of Agrace Hospice.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m.  Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Saint James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL, with Rev. Brian Geary Celebrating.  Burial will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in Bill’s name to St. James Church, Boone County Conservation District, Agrace Hospice.  To share a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Monday, June 18, 2018
- 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
10:00 am

St. James Catholic Church

Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Saint James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL, with Rev. Brian Geary Celebrating.

Burial will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery.

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Michael, we are so sorry to hear of your Dad`s passing. Have so many Great memories of “Wolf Chevrolet” and how we were treated like Family with every car we bought. Please know we are thinking of you and miss you ! Much Love and Hugs to your Family.

Richard and Joan Anderson 2018-07-01T15:27:05

Dear Wolf Family, I am so sorry to hear of your parent’s death

Dear Wolf FAMILY, I am so sorry to hear of your parents’ deaths. I wil miss them so much. I saw them so often in Florida. I felt they were part of my family. My deepest sympathies to all of you during this very sad time.
all my love

Joyce Ellis

Joyce Ellis 2018-06-19T14:23:07

Wolf family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Bill did a lot for the community and will be missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

The Daniels' family 2018-06-18T10:34:03

Our thoughts and prayers for the family of this special man in so many lives. He was truly a pillar in every circle where he participated. We will never forget the time we spent with Bill and Sara in Switzerland and Germany.

Kathy and Steve Steinke 2018-06-15T14:19:58

I submit my heartfelt condolences to all members of the Wolf family, who have now shortly after Sara`s death lost Bill, their beloved father, grandfather, greatgrandfather and father in law, brother and uncle. I owe Bill love, respect and gratitude for a long friendship dating back to the 1980s when our daughter Cornelia as a visiting student found a loving family with him and Sara in Belvidere. Ever since that time mutual visits between Austria and America, between the Sachsenmaiers and the Wolfs continued and strengthened our friendship.
Dear Bill as a believing person I am sure you joined Sara in heaven. May you both rest in peace.
I will never forget you.

Gundi Sachsenmaier (Innsbruck, Austria)

Gundi Sachsenmaier 2018-06-15T05:24:17

Bill, Sara and the entire Wolf family were an integral part of our family since they so openly received my sister Cornelia into their hearts and family now 37 years ago. Our thoughts are with them and the entire family. Our heartfelt condolences from Christoph, Heike, Paula and Leonard Sachsenmaier (Berlin, Germany)

Christoph Sachsenmaier 2018-06-15T02:02:24

Bill and his wife Sara were best friends and very important people in my life and in the life of my family. Trank you for the beauteful moments we had together in Belvidere, Up North, in Austria and many other spots in the World the last 35 years. I will miss you. My condolences to his greatful family. Gerhard

Gerhard Schöffthaler, Inzing, Austria 2018-06-15T00:34:43

Dear Wolf Chidren ….

You all are in my prayers at this sad time. I am so glad that I once worked at Wolf Chevrolet for your dad and grandfather, and I will always remember the gentleness your dad always possessed (well most of the time). He was loved by customers and employees. I am so very sorry for your loss. He and your mom have already reunited … Rest In Peace Bill … you were and always will be so loved ❤️

Lynda Hill 2018-06-14T21:55:44

We are thinking of you during this most difficult time. Bill was a pillar of Boone County and will be missed.

Fred frank Marylee frank 2018-06-14T14:57:34

My thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family. May he rip.

Esmeralda Queen 2018-06-14T14:30:00

I haven’t seen Bill for quite a number of years. It was my great honor and privilege to have served with him on the Boone County Board of Supervisors in the late 1970’s. He was an honest and articulate board member who consistently bought a businessman’s ability to find the core of a problem to the debate and had the courage to defend the right solution when the political solution might have been easier.
Marilyn and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family of this fine man.
Bob and Marilyn Blake

Bob Blake 2018-06-14T14:07:36

John, Mike, Callie, Chris and family,
My heart goes out to you all. Working for your Dad and Doc at Wolf Chevrolet was a wonderful experience. Such a great family. You have so many wonderful memories to cherish and help you through these tough times. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Malva Craft

Malva Craft 2018-06-13T22:42:15

It was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Bill Wolf. He understood and respected his customers, and treated everyone like family. He was a gentle giant, my mentor when it came to motor vehicle issues, but most of all, I was proud to have a friend like him. God Bless to all the Wolf family.

Donald Manzullo 2018-06-13T22:19:30

Sending prayers and love to Bill and Sara’s children and families as well as brother Jack and Peggy. My family (Fenn and Wacin daughters) will always remember all the many memories we shared bringing up our families together. God bless you all.

Sonja Svendsen Tiller 2018-06-13T22:13:22

So sorry about your Dad and grandfather. Such a good man. With sympathy, Jeff and Trudy

Jeff & Trudy (Ohlsen) Flippo 2018-06-13T18:01:24


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