Merle G. Wolfley

  • Born: June 5, 1933
  • Died: October 13, 2020
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Merle G. Wolfley, 87 of Sterling, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Merle was born on June 5, 1933 in Morrison, the son of Glen and Helen (Isenhart) Wolfley. He was a United States Army Veteran. Merle married Lucille Hinrichs on May 6, 1956 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on August 5, 2017. Merle worked at Steel Ball in Sterling for many years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling.

Survivors include four daughters, Debbie Marweg of Sterling, Mary Ann (Dave) Rose of DeKalb, Lori Dewey of Sterling and Pam Sorenson of Sterling; one son, Michael (Monica) Wolfley of Dixon; one sister, Velma (Allen) Randall of Rock Falls; eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, LaVerne Wolfley and Clyde Wolfley; one sister, Lois Christians; one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.

Masks and social distancing will be enforced for a visitation allowing 25 people at a time on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Private family funeral service will follow with Pastor Makayla Dahleen officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Mike and Monica,
I am so sorry to read of Merle's passing. I had the honor and pleasure of caring for Merle and Lucille when I worked at Heritage Woods 2015-2017. He always had a smile and I chuckled every time he called Mike "Mikey" because I have always known him as "Officer Wolfley" Having spent some time with Merle, I understand where Mike gets his humbleness and humility from. Merle and Lucille were both such great people, and I know they are smiling down on all of you. My prayers go out to your family.

Posted by Kelly Allen - Friend   October 15, 2020

Mary Ann Rose
So sorry for your loss. Will be praying. Love you. Carolyn

Posted by Carolyn Lawrence - Rockford, IL - Friend   October 14, 2020