A former Champaign council member, mayor and state legislator, Virgil Wikoff was a man of many interests and talents.
There are those who are active in their communities, and others who take it a step further and become leaders.
Virgil Wikoff, who died March 16 at 85, was a leader in every sense of the word.
As a former Champaign city council member, mayor and state legislator, Mr. Wikoff was active in politics. Devoted to professional organizations, he played an active role in construction-related endeavors. As a longtime member of the Jaycees and a strong supporter of charitable endeavors, including the Salvation Army and Developmental Services Center, he devoted his energies to assisting those in need.
That's an impressive list all by itself. But those activities represent just a small part of Mr. Wikoff's many contributions to his community over many decades.
Born on a farm near Maroa, Mr. Wikoff graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in architectural engineering. He spent his entire life in East Central Illinois, with just two exceptions. He served in the Pacific during World War II and then again during the Korean War.
Most people will remember Mr. Wikoff during his 12-year tenure in city government in Champaign and three terms as a member of the Illinois House.
But he was a successful businessman, avid sports fan, enthusiastic photographer and world traveler. Mr. Wikoff led a long, rich and generous life, leaving behind a loving family and a community grateful for his many contributions.