Wolfgang "Wolf" Ilmer

January 28, 1953 - May 17, 2022


Obituary For Wolfgang "Wolf" Ilmer

The family of Wolfgang “Wolf” Ilmer is deeply saddened to announce his passing on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at the age of 69 years.

Wolf was born in Germany and grew up in Comox, BC. He moved to Prince Rupert, BC, in the mid 1980’s, where he spent many years as a High School Teacher. Following his retirement in 2013, he then moved to Grande Prairie, AB.

Some of Wolf’s favourite pastimes were golfing, skiing and bowling. He was an avid collector of model trains and Disney memorabilia. He also had an abundance of love for his family and friends. His larger-than-life personality made him a favourite amongst many.

Wolf will be sadly missed by his wife Bonita Ilmer; sons Randy Ilmer (Melissa), Kody Nuttall; daughters Crystal Uchman (Joe), Natasha Cheater (Marc); grandchildren: Cora Haugan, Jameson Cheater, Trenton Cheater, Cassie Ilmer, Kenna Ilmer, Jack Uchman, and Olivia Uchman; brother Brian Haefner (Jessica); sisters in-law Alice Pittman (Charlie) and Patricia Letient (Henri); brothers in-law Wayne Kettle (Florence) and Jeff Irwin (Noi); as well as many nieces, nephews, and close family friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Anneliese and Richard Haefner; mother and father in-law Frances and Gordon Kettle; as well as his first wife Mary Anne Ilmer and her parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 1:00pm, at Oliver’s Funeral Home in Grande Prairie (10005 107 Ave.).

A Livestream of the service will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the service on Wolf’s obituary on Oliver’s Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made in honor of Wolf to the
Grande Prairie Regional Hospital/AB Cancer Partnership
11205 110 St.
Grande Prairie, AB
T8V 4B1

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  • 06/17/2022

    My sincere condolences to you, Bonnie and the family. I met Wolf through my brother when they became friends in B.C. I fondly remember his great stature over me as a youngster that he used to tease me as he lifted me high above his head. He was always so kind and cheerful and I am so sorry he has passed too soon. Lisa Head Harbidge

  • 06/01/2022

    Bonnie and family, we are sorry for your loss. I met Wolf through my brother in Courtenay. B.C. I will never forget his wonderful sense of humor and a genuine love for life and living. I will never forget the day he came up my parents driveway while I had my parents car on jackstands trying to roll the odometer does not work. He kidded me for years after that about this silliness. The twinkle in his eyes came straight from his heart. We will never forget you Wolf. Pat and Jacquie

  • 05/27/2022 thoughts are with you and your family...I was saddened to see the notice in the Northern View...Wolf was a great friend to me while I was in Rupert...coaching me for bowling was never easy but Wolf certainly tried his best to get me out of my head space and just bowl...may he rest in peace. Michelle Montemurro

  • 05/26/2022

    Dear Bonnie and Family we were saddened to hear of Wolfs passing , He will be Remembered and Missed. Take Care. Al & Irene Eisbrenner & Family

  • 05/26/2022

    Bonnie, Randy, Natasha, Crystal and Kody ... this came as a great shock to Wolf's old golfing partnership. I remember fondly our summer golfing trips around the province. His friendship was cherished and he will be missed. God bless. Mike Crawford

  • 05/26/2022

    I remember Mr. Ilmer so fondly from school here in Prince Rupert and while I only knew him for a short time he certainly left a lasting impression. He had such a great personality and was such a fantastic teacher! I am better for having met him, for sure, without a doubt. My most sincere condolences to his family. Rosa Miller

  • 05/25/2022

    To Bonnie and Family. I am so very sad that Wolf has passed. Condolences are not enough. I've had the pleasure of becoming friends with him on the golf course over the past summers, and Wolf was a man whom I came to admire. He had many great qualities, but the one that especially stands out to me was his love of his family, and his love of his friends, his many students and colleagues. The stories and memories he shared kept the strolls on the fairways enjoyable. I am grateful to have had the chance to know Wolf, and to have become friends. I hope that I might follow his example. Rest in peace, Wolf. You were loved, appreciated and admired. Marc Pitt

  • 05/22/2022

    Ilmer was one of my favourite teachers at CHSS. He was always so non-judgmental, compassionate and funny. If I was having a bad day I knew I could just pop into his class to say hi and he would have something lighthearted to say that would cheer me up, whilst putting me to work handing out papers or putting away equipment lol. He was a fantastic teacher, a true role model and a great person who was undoubtedly a safe place for many students.

  • 05/21/2022

    Wolf, the man who has the name of my crest, laxgiboo in my language, I'm dean from port simpson(lax kw'alaams)bc, I met him on the basketball court, from the first game we played against each other we got to know each other, he was a great adversary every time we played against each other, basketball was and still is the big game to play here, he was a tall order to play against but it was always fun to go up against him, most of us were the shorter players, he played the game with the same passion I had then, for the love of the game, I seen his serious play come out when the game were close, his smile turned to cringe as he had his game face on for those ones, those were some challenging moments grinding in the paint, he played with honor and respect on the court and made amazing basketball memories for me, he was a very nice person, easy to sit and talk with, I'm happy I got to know him, now he's shooting hoops with the only guy taller then him, my heart felt condolences to his family....Dean

  • 05/21/2022

    Bonnie and family we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all of you . My Wolf soar with the Angels

  • 05/21/2022

    Wolf, Mr Ilmer, came to Lax Kw'alaams many years ago to teach, he was one of my favourite teachers who had such a tremendous impact in my life, advice that I carried to this day, he was a mentor, a friend, a sports enthusiast and had the best sense of humour ever, no nonsense and compassionate, I'm grateful to have had such a person in my life, he truly made a difference, I'm saddened to learn of his passing. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to tell him how grateful I was for him being in our community and in my life as I had just lost my aunt and best friend. You'll never be forgotten Mr Ilmer, may you rest peacefully, my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to Wolfs family, friends and friends who became family, god bless - Lonnie Mather

  • 05/20/2022

    Wolf was big and tall, but his friendship and generous spirit were bigger by far. Good friends are like the stars, you don't always see them but you know they are always there. He will always be remembered and cherished by all.

  • 05/20/2022

    Such sad news to hear! Mel and Heather send their love and condolences to you all. He will be missed by so many. A life well lived!

  • 05/20/2022

    I only met Wolf briefly but he was so nice to me and I KNOW that he made Bonnie extremely happy. He will Always have his arms around you.

  • 05/20/2022

    Bonnie, Natasha, Crystal, Kody and family I was shocked to hear of Wolf's passing. I am deeply saddened and send you my deepest sympathies. Wolf was a wonderful man. Terri Longmire

  • 05/20/2022

    Bonnie...I am so sorry to hear about Wolf. My family remembers him fondly from his teaching and basketball days in Prince Rupert. He was a great guy. Always a smile. Rest in Peace Wolf. Neva Quast, Jeremy Quast and Brady Quast

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