William Wisdom

William “Bill” H. Wisdom, 90, of Erie, IL, was surrounded by his family when he died Monday, February 8, 2021 at Unity Point Health Trinity Rock Island from complications from non-Covid related pneumonia.  Visitation will be from 3-6 pm Sunday, February 14 at Gibson – Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Face coverings and social distancing are required. A private service will be held Monday morning at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Erie, followed by burial in the Erie Cemetery. A video recording of the service will be available by Tuesday morning by visiting his obituary at www.gibsonbodefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie.

Bill was born November 3, 1930 in Moline, Illinois, the son of Claude and Arvilla (Stellrecht) Wisdom. He graduated from Geneseo High School where he met and then married Joyce Minnaert on September 12, 1953 at St. Malachy’s Church in Geneseo. Soon after, he served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he began farming in Geneseo and then Erie until 1975 when he devoted his time to driving truck and operating Wisdom Trucking, Inc. with help from Joyce and their children at times. His hard work ethic was a trait that he shared and passed down to his five children.

Bill owned and built stock cars. He loved racing and followed NASCAR all of his life. He was mechanically gifted and could fabricate almost anything. He also had an amazing sense of direction and could tell you how to get to your destination right down to the exit number. He was a giving man and frequently offered a hand up to people in need.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce, Erie; children, Chris (Al) Livingston, Erie, Steve Wisdom, Erie, Dan (Peggy) Wisdom, Geneseo, Mary (Clint) Thulen, Fenton, Bill (Kara) Wisdom, Erie; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Moffitt, Walnut Shade, MO, Ruth Burkert, Mustang, OK, and Joyce Evans, Erie. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ron Wisdom and a great grandson, Mason Mitchell. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com.

Posted online on February 10, 2021