MILLEDGEVILLE – Rollo Wagenknecht, of rural Milledgeville, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, of natural causes on the farm north of Milledgeville. He was 93.
Rollo Nelson Wagenknecht was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Sterling, to Otto and Jennie (Nelson) Wagenknecht. He was raised on a farm near Sterling before moving to the Milledgeville area. He married Lucille Wagner on Feb. 5, 1949, at the home of her parents in Milledgeville.
Rollo was a lifelong farmer, retiring at the age of 90. He farmed several hundred acres of ground, raised cattle and hogs, and was known as a hardworking, profitable, and proud businessman. His farm along Shannon Route is among the most profitable in Carroll County. Rollo liked to talk about having planted his own corn each year that he farmed. He was a regular at the Carroll County Fair and liked to show feeder cattle.
Rollo was an avid fan of Chicago sports teams. He cheered for the Cubs, da Bears, and the Bulls. He spent many years as a member of Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association, the Illinois Beef Association, Carroll County Pork Producers, and Carroll County Farm Bureau, and served on Milledgeville Elevator Board. Rollo was a 50-year Mason. Rollo will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille; a brother, Otto (Dorothy) Wagenknecht of rural Milledgeville; a sister, Joyce (Harold) Folkers of rural Polo; a daughter, Susan (Arlan) Juhl of Springfield; grandson, Ryan (Jennifer) Juhl of Springfield; granddaughters, Sara (John) Kleinschmidt of Springfield and Erin (Jason) Glenn of Lincoln; five great-grandchildren, Will, Reed, Knox, and Mae Kleinschmidt, and Hudson Glenn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Russell and Robert.
Visitation will be from 9:30 am to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Milledgeville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sophia Hyon officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association for scholarships, or to Milledgeville United Methodist Church.
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