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William Wunderlich

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:41 a.m. CST

Mr. William C. Wunderlich, 92, passed away peacefully Monday, July 15, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 17, 1921, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of the late William C. and Minnie A. (Faust) Wunderlich.

He was a graduate of Joliet Central High School (graduated 1941), and attended Joliet Junior College and Indiana University. A proud veteran, Bill served on an LST in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

As a young man, Bill learned and adopted the 17 Principles of Success through his work with Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone as an insurance agent. In the 12 years to follow, Bill worked as an insurance agent with the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Bill then developed an interest in the travel agency business, and he opened Wunderlich Travel Agency on Jefferson Street in Joliet in 1963. After a long and successful career traveling the world as a Certified Travel Consultant, Bill retired to his home in Minooka to spend more time with family, friends, and his favorite acreage on the Aux Sable Creek.

Throughout his working career and into his retirement, Bill was an active member of the community. In 1985, he served as president of the Joliet Rotary Club, and was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minooka.

He is survived by his children, The Rev. Beth W. Hixon of Philadelphia, Pa., W. Jeff Wunderlich of Minooka, Mark A Wunderlich of Minooka, Dian K. Delehanty of Delray Beach, Fla., and Nancy J. Wunderlich of Boulder, Colo.; stepchildren Mary Lou Edwards of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Steve C. Edwards of Naples, Italy; five grandchildren, Monica and Melissa Wunderlich, T. Cole Delehanty, Victoria Hixon-Hayes, and Henry Edwards; and five great-grandchildren, Brianna, Tyler and Mya Hixon, and Zachary and Ryan Hayes.

Bill was preceded in death by the mother of his children and first wife, Phyllis J. (Banker) Wunderlich; his second wife, Betty J. (Edwards) Wunderlich; and his brother Ernest W. Wunderlich.

Bill’s family would like to thank his doctors and nurses and those affiliated with the V.A. and Joliet Hospice, who have been by his side through recent years’ health challenges.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at The Maple Funeral Home, 24300 W. Ford Road, Channahon, from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. On Wednesday, July 31, please meet directly at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 303 W. St. Mary’s St., Minooka, for Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Elmhurst Cemetery, 1212 E. Washington St., Joliet.

Gifts in Bill’s memory will be welcomed by St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Building Fund) or Joliet Area Community Hospice, 250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet.

Contact the Maple Funeral Home for additional information at (815) 467-1234 or online at www.themaplefuneralhome.com.

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