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Wilbur Egert

May 16, 1922 ~ August 13, 2017 (age 95)

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August 20, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Vandemore Funeral Home
214 S. State St
Atkinson, IL 61235

Funeral Mass
August 21, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Anthony Catholic Church
204 W. Main St
Atkinson, Illinois 61235


Wilbur D. Egert

Wilbur Darrell Egert, 95, of rural Prophetstown, passed away August 13, 2017 at Boulder Community Hospital surrounded by his family.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 21st at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Mary of the Field cemetery outside of Hooppole. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 20th at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wilbur Egert Memorial Fund. All donations will be given to local charities.

Wilbur was born on the family farm south of Prophetstown on May 16, 1922 to Perry and Lila (Pritchard) Egert, the oldest of four children.  He married the love of his life, Mary Jean VanDeVelde, on August 27, 1946 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown. 

Wilbur farmed north of Atkinson for over 70 years.  He loved the land and his cattle.  He played saxophone for many years in several local bands including the Prophetstown City Band and Geneseo Maple Leaf Band.  He was a voracious reader and enjoyed flying his 1949 Luscombe Silvaire airplane into his 80’s. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean, two children and their spouses,Sandra (Bob) Searls, Longmont, CO and Terry (Rochelle) Egert, Littleton, CO. His five grandchildren are Stephanie Cusack, Michael Searls, George Pavlantos, Brittni Levering and Lindsay Phelan. He has eight great-grandchildren. Wilbur is also survived by two sisters, Lavona Oncken and Phyllis Taber. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lois Oetzel and three brother-in-laws, Dwight Oetzel, Ronald Oncken and Nelson Taber. 

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