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Wilmer C. Holzgrafe

Wilmer C. Holzgrafe, Quincy, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 3:40 pm in Good Samaritan Home.

Wilmer C. Holzgrafe | Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors, Quincy, ILWilmer was born November 8, 1922 in Durham, Missouri, the son of Edwin and Anna Baumgartner Holzgrafe. On August 2, 1941 he married Sylvia Richmiller in Palmyra, MO. Throughout their 75 years together they built a legacy in quality home building. She survives.

Wilmer graduated from Quincy High School. He had been employed by Gardner Denver and was a bricklayer. He was a well respected developer on Quincy’s South Side and began the Wilmar Sub-division in 1955. Wilmer was the founder and president of W.C. Holzgrafe Construction Company which built hundreds of custom homes in and around the Quincy area.

Wilmer was a lifetime member of Quincy Homebuilders Association, a member of the Elks Club and Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Wilmer and Sylvia wintered many years in Sarasota, Florida where he earned the reputation of a “Fix It” man.

Survivors in addition to his wife are; a daughter, Janet Pollock of Quincy; two sons, Jerald Holzgrafe and Michael (Peg) Holzgrafe both of Quincy; three grandchildren, Tina (Todd) Reichert, Shelley (Jeremy) Arns, and Brian (Becky) Holzgrafe all of Quincy; four great grandchildren, Greysen Arns, Kael, Violet and August Holzgrafe; and several nieces and nephews.

Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Carl, Arthur and Raymond Holzgrafe, and a sister, Marian.

Services: 2:00 pm Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Disseler officiating.

Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Visitation: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Saturday April 22, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.



  1. Mike and Peg,
    Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. God’s blessings to you all.

  2. Being in Kansas City – we were not able to convey our sympathy to Sylvia and family. It was a privilege to have experienced the craftsmanship they had. Our sympathy to each member of his family.

  3. May the Lord’s loving promises to comfort you give you strength as you go through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy.
    Bill & Betty Nauber

  4. Dear Holzgrafe family,
    We join the many Quincyans who respect the fine work ethic and friendliness of Wilmer and all his family. We send our condolences.
    Dick also remembers Sylvia as a softball pitcher with sister “Boots” pitching.
    May God’s Blessings help you carry on the legacy of a great builder.

  5. To Wilmer’s family: I was sad today to hear of Wilmer’s passing. I heard of Wilmer many years ago, when my father was Wilmer’s Prudential Insurance agent. I got to see Wilmer’s work up close and personal a few times with my dad, who admired his quality of work. My dad had nothing but praise for Wilmer and Jerry’s homebuilding talents. Goodbye and God Speed to the man and his work. Sincerely, John Badamo

  6. mike and peg///just found out///so very sorry for indeed a great loss. thoughts and prayers

  7. Mike and Peg ,
    So sorry for your loss , my heart and prayers to your family­čśó­čĺĽ

  8. Janet and Jerry,
    So sorry to learn of the loss of your father. My condolences to you and your extended families.

  9. No matter how old it is sweet sorrow to lose our parents. God bless you all with peace, strength and joy!

  10. Dear Holzgrafe Family,

    Although we didn’t know Wilmer, personally, with the always amazing personalities that his children and grandchildren exhibit when interacting with them over the years, he must have been a great man and will be missed.

    Best of wishes for the Family,
    Craig, Steven, and Brad Heming

  11. We are sorry for your loss. Your family are in are thoughts and prayers. Chris & Rick Merschman

  12. As two of the fortunate people to now live in one of the houses he built, we will be forever grateful for his high standards. Amy’s dad is a carpenter, and even as a child, she always knew that a Holtzgrafe-built home was a good one! That reflected the man. You have our condolences. Steve and Amy Looten

  13. Dear Sylvia, Janet, Jerry, Mike and family:
    My deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of Wilmer. His life was a gift to all of you and to so many others. Please know that I am keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts.

  14. Mike and family,
    I was saddened to hear of your families loss. I know the thoughts and prayers of many are with you, family and friends.

  15. Sending my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and final goodbyes. Wilmer and his family are like my family starting around 1965 when I first met them and began my part time working for them. At that time, I was hired as their yard maintenance boy. This led to other jobs with the W.C. Holzgrafe Construction Company where I ended my career with them in 1972 as an interior wood finisher. Wilmer and Sylvia and I spent many hours together through this work relationship. They were not only my bosses, but my firm supporters and believers in me and my college education. They became my longtime friends…Wilmer, rest in peace, for it is well deserved. You worked hard and endlessly to have a successful business and to support your family.

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