Funeral services for Wilmer L. Winterhof, 85, of Aurelia, will be Friday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Larry Lemke officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, with the family present. The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Wilmer was born Aug. 25, 1925, the son of William and Hilda (Litchenberg) Winterhof in Diamond Township near Aurelia. He attended school at Hanover. He served in the Navy during World War II, and farmed near Aurelia until his retirement in 1987. On June 25, 1950 he married Gloria Darlene Otto at the St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Wilmer was a founding board member of Cherokee County Rural Water, and was active at St. Paul Lutheran Church, serving on several boards. He enjoyed golfing, cards, and attending many family activities.
Preceding Wilmer in death were his parents; an infant son; his brothers Harry and Marvin; and his sister,Lorna Franzmeier.
Wilmer and Gloria were blessed with five children - Gary and his wife Kim Winterhof of Cedar Falls, Bonnie and her husband Jim Lawler of Columbia, Mo., Judy and her husband John Van Heek of Crofton, Neb., Dan and his wife Lynn Winterhof of Aurelia, and Joni and her husband Larry Klawitter of Waukee. They have ten grandchildren - Heather and husband Mason Fromm, Shannon and husband Travis Hill, Keaghan and husband Anthony Bruscheon, Andrew Lawler, Sarah and husband Justin Grayer, Natalie and Molly Van Heek, Tanner, Audrey, and Gracie Winterhof, and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Orville and his wife Iona Winterhof and Vernon and his wife Suzanne Winterhof, all of Aurelia; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Winterhof of Alta; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends