Wilfred “Will” Bald Eagle’s 81-year-old R. Illig entered into eternal rest Saturday afternoon at UPMC Altoona after a long illness. He was born in Cresson to Kenneth and Margaret (Miller) Illig. On August 3, 1959, he married Gwenvere Westover and together they shared 62 years of marriage.
Will is survived by his wife and their three children: Shari Bonner (Milton) of Ranson, W.Va., Scott Illig (Juanita) of Bald Eagle and Stacy Snyder (David Jr.) of Bellwood. Will and Gwen had four grandchildren: James Lingafelt (Nicole) of Tyrone, Julie Kephart (John) of Sinking Valley, Gretchen Illig of Bald Eagle and Christine Woomer (Christopher) of Bald Eagle; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Will was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers. He was the last surviving member of his family.
He attended Cresson Joint High School and was a member of the Tyrone Alliance Church.
After retiring from Warnaco Sportswear in Altoona with 32 years of service, Will and Gwen traveled in their RV to Myrtle Beach and Florida, traveled to Alaska for their 50th wedding anniversary and went to Key West (his favorite place).
They have already started camping with their children and grandchildren who will carry on the tradition. Will has also shared his love for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, NASCAR/Indy car racing and WWE wrestling with his children and nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will be received from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Tyrone Alliance Church, with a service to follow at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Carl Schmidt officiating. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are by Feller Memorial Home, Tyrone.