Manito—Ronald W. Wistehuff, 82, of rural Forest City passed away at 11:35 P.M. on August 28, 2018 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born June 12, 1936 the son of Wayne V. and Frances Seelye Wistehuff. He married Pauline Frederick on September 10, 1955 in Peoria and she preceded him in death on April 1, 2017. Surviving are two daughters, Deborah (David) Veltman of Morton and Marian (Steve) Gray of Pekin; one son, Michael Wistehuff of Algonquin. Ron has six grandchildren, Laura (Denny) Hoyland, John (Tara) Veltman, Andy (Ann) Gray, Tara (Jason) Juchems, Timothy Wistehuff and Nathan Wistehuff. He also has seven great grandchildren. One brother, James (Ulla) Wistehuff; one aunt Marian Ulrich of Peoria; one brother-in-law Phil Frederick of Manito and one sister-in-law Laura Maupin of Saratoga Springs, New York survives.
Ron started his work career working at Hyster in Peoria. In 1963 he bought his grandfather’s business known as Seelye Hardware and Implement. In 1966 his brother Jim joined him in partnership and the name was changed to Wistehuff Implement Co. and continued in operation until 1988. Ron continued to be a sales person working first at Hawes Implement in New Holland and later at Cross Implement in Minier. He retired in 2016. He was a former member of the Manito-Forest City Optimist Club and a former volunteer fireman. He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Manito and also a member of the Ag of the Past Tractor. Ron enjoyed tractor pulling, hunting, fishing, cards, bowling, golfing, and flying radio controlled air planes.
Funeral services will be 11:00A.M. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at the Community United Methodist Church in Manito. Pastor Steve Oaks will officiate. A processional to Meadow Lawn cemetery will follow the service. Internment of the cremains will follow at a later date. There will be a visitation Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Maas-Hurley Funeral Home from 4-7 P.M. An additional visitation will be from 10 A.M. until 11 A.M. prior to service time at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the Community United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society . To leave an online condolence go to www.hurleyfh.com. Maas-Hurley Funeral Home in Manito is assisting the family with arrangements.