PEORIA - Leslie Richard Wolfe, 75, of Peoria died on Monday, March 10, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1938, in Peoria, Ill., to Wilbur G. Wolfe and Thelma Katherine Mullen. He married Shirley L. Anderson on Dec. 24, 1964, in Peoria, Ill.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Mitch (Mindy) Wolfe of Marquette Heights, Ill., and Mark (Robyn) Wolfe of Morton, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Greg, Derek, Drew and Colton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wilbur Wolfe.
Les was a U.S. Army veteran. He served as a Combat Engineer and received an honorable discharge in 1963.
Les began working for Caterpillar in 1963. He started as a metallurgical welder and later worked in Research and Development/Weld Engineering. He retired in 1993.
Les enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed gardening and sharing his crop with family and friends. He was a superb cook and it filled his heart to see the enjoyment it brought to others. Les had a deep love for animals. He loved spending time in his yard feeding the birds and squirrels with his best buddy, Moe (Basset Hound), by his side.
Private memorial services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, online at www.operationfirstresponse.org, or by mail to 20037 Dove Hill Road, Culpeper, VA 22701; Children's Hospital of Illinois, online at https://choi.osfhealthcarefoundation.org/give, or by mail to 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637; Unity Point Methodist Hospice, online at https://www.unitypoint.org/peoria/donate.aspx, or mail to 221 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61636.
Leslie's online memorial may be viewed at www.hurdfamilyfunerals.com.
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