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Vilas Hoelscher


July 7, 1932
December 21, 2019

Visitation 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Thursday, December 26, 2019 - Trinity Lutheran Church - Centralia
Funeral 11:00 a.m. - Thursday, December 26, 2019 - Trinity Lutheran Church - Centralia

Vilas Fred Hoelscher, 87, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Fireside House of Centralia. Vilas was born July 7, 1932 in Okawville, IL. the son of Oscar and Mary (Brinkman) Hoelscher. He married the love of his life Frieda Sprehe at the Hoyleton Lutheran Church on September 3, 1952.

Survivors include his devoted wife Frieda (Sprehe) Hoelscher of Centralia; three loving children Karen Ross, husband Bill, Curtis Hoelscher, wife Lisa, Larry Hoelscher, wife Kylene all of Centralia; nine treasured grandchildren Andrew Ross, Benjamin Ross, Lori Riedel, husband John, Brooke Simonton, husband Brad, Drew Hoelscher, wife Chelsea, Kaylee Hoelscher, Rachel Hoelscher, Caleb Hoelscher, wife Cassidy, and Caitlin Geisler, husband Michael; twelve cherished great-grandchildren Nicholas, Jacob, Maci, Cash, Hayden, Harper, Harlyn, Emma, Jarred, Gracelyn, Cooper, and Grady; one caring brother Verle Hoelscher, wife Matilda; and several nieces and nephews.

Vilas was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Velma Randoll, Virginia Randoll, Vernice Kudelka, Virdel Bringle, Vera Rallo; brothers Virgil Hoelscher & Vernon Hoelscher.

Vilas was one of nine children in his family named with the letter “V” meaning V for Victory! Vilas was a lifelong farmer, having lived on the family farm since the age of three, caring for the livestock and grain. He was a proud veteran who served in the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict; on the frontline at the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. Vilas’s dedication for the service continued as he became a member of the Centralia VFW Post 2055 and Centralia American Legion Post 543.

After returning home, he worked for the ICG Railroad as a Carman, where he was known as “Dutch”. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia who would greet his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ with a smile on Sundays when he served as an usher. After retirement, Vilas enjoyed carpenter work and built several homes within the area and later was a handyman for the local area. Vilas and Frieda traveled throughout the metro east area dancing and made many lifelong friendships. Vilas will be remembered for the love and enjoyment he had on the dance floor with his wife.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia with Rev. Miguel Torneire officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia with graveside military rites by the Centralia American Legion Post 446 and Centralia VFW Post 2055. Friends and relatives are invited to visiting hours from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia. Memorial contributions in Vilas’s honor may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church. On-line condolences and memories of Vilas may be shared with the family at or on their Facebook page.