Gene Wolfe

East Peoria, Illinois

1931 - 2019


East Peoria, Illinois
American Heart Association


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Gene Wolfe
Gene Wolfe, of Peoria, formerly of Barrington, IL, one of the world's most respected contemporary science fiction authors, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2019 after his long battle with heart disease. Wolfe was 87. He was born on May 5, 1931 in New York, NY and married Rosemary F. Wolfe on November 3, 1956.
Wolfe is survived by his daughters Madeleine (Dan) Fellers of Mountain Home, AR, Therese (Alan) Goulding of Woodridge, IL, son, Matthew Wolfe of Atlanta, GA and 3 granddaughters, Rebecca (Spizzirri), Elizabeth (Goulding) and Alison (Goulding).
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Rosemary F. Wolfe and son Roy E. Wolfe.
Friends knew Wolfe as a humble, soft-spoken man who enjoyed a good joke. He kept a low profile in Peoria, giving talks and readings locally every few years. He never sought publicity, though always obliging reporters for interviews.
A Funeral Service will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with a 2 hour prior visitation, beginning at noon. Fr. David Richardson will officiate. A burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria, IL.
Memorials in Wolfe's name, may be made to American Heart Association.
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A thousand ages, in thy sight,
are like an evening gone;
short as the watch that ends the night,
before the rising sun.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Gene was kind, brilliant, witty, and of course one of the best writers our country ever produced. I had the privilege of knowing him for the past several years. Always the gentleman he would become irritated if you tried to pick the check in a restaurant. My husband and I would drive five hours to have lunch with him and listen to him tell stories. He was truly one of kind. I will miss our conversations about everything from serving in Korea, his children growing up and rescuing a lost nun ....

I discovered Mr Wolfe as an 18 years old, in 1980, with the publication of The Shadow of the Torturer and became a long-long fan. I always found his work spoke to me at the deepest level. Last Monday, I had just got to the end of Chapter 28 of The Wizard (The Wizard Knight), did a web search of Mr Wolfe's name to see the latest title published & was heart-broken to learn of his death the day before. The news was as shocking as if I had lost a dear member of my own family, he had been such...

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Book signing, Cockeysville, Md, Memorial Day weekend, 2009.

A great writer -- I was privileged to see him give readings from some of his books over the years and autograph my copies. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

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