Soil and water

Wilbur E. Pflum | Obituary


TUSCOLA – Wilbur Eugene Pflum, 90, a longtime Tuscola resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the Tuscola Health Care Center.

Visitations will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 S. Main St., Tuscola. A Christian burial mass will follow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at the Forty Martyrs Catholic Church, 201 E. Van Allen St., Tuscola, with Father Angel Sierra as officiant. Interment will follow in the cemetery of the township of Tuscola.

Wilbur will be remembered for his community involvement around Tuscola and Douglas County. Wilbur was actively involved in the Republican Party and was a member of the precinct committee for many years; he worked on local issues with the drainage commission, the soil and water conservation district and the agricultural office. He was always eager to support and help the community.

Wilbur was a veteran of the US Air Force and a supporter of the VFW.

Wilbur’s passion was farming and caring for the land. Wilbur was an active farmer in Tuscola for over 50 years and strongly believed in preserving the family farm; the Pflum farm remains active today with the fourth generation. Wilbur loved the outdoors, where he hunted and fishing. When agriculture slowed down in the winter, Wilbur and Blanche spent their time in Leesburg, Florida, where Wilbur loved to fish.

Wilbur was predeceased by his wife, Blanche; his parents, Clarence and Lillian (Mannon); and a sister, Mary Lou.

He is survived by his children, John and Kathleen (Caulfield) Pflum of Tuscola and Janet (Pflum) and Michael Nielsen of Champaign; six grandchildren: Stephanie (Pflum) and Samuel Stumpf of Columbia, Ill., Michael and Holly (Nichols) Pflum of Tuscola, Matthew and Kirsten (Flodstrom) Pflum of Champaign, Rachel Pflum of Lakewood, Colorado, Lauren (Nielsen) and Bryan Sagray of San Antonio and Jillian Nielsen of South Lake Tahoe, California; and six great-grandchildren Alaina, Wyatt and Jacob Stumpf, and Colette, Mia and Harrison Pflum.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tuscola FFA Section or the Douglas County Museum Association.

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