COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dr. William “Bill” Allmond Wolff, 90, of Columbia, Mo., passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Solstice Senior Living at Columbia.
Bill was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Denver, Colo., to Hiram and Stella (Allmond) Wolff.
He graduated from East Denver High School in 1948 (he hated it and had bad grades). Right after graduating high school, he served in the United States Army Reserves as a meat and dairy inspector during the Korean War. Following his military experience, he began his general ag course and worked at Painter Herford Ranch. A veterinarian who worked at this ranch assisted him in applying to veterinary school at C.S.U. in Fort Collins, Colo., where he received his master of science and then went on to receive his doctorate of veterinary medicine in June 1954.
He built a small animal clinic in Montrose, Colo. Bill and his family traveled during his veterinary medicine years. He and his family first lived in Bogota, Colombia (South America) for two years. They moved to Columbia, Mo., then Arvada, Colo., and at that point, left the United States for a sabbatical in Nairobi Kenya (East Africa) for four years. They then returned to Champaign, where he worked at the University of Illinois, finally returning back to Columbia, Mo., where he worked at the University of Missouri. After settling in Columbia, he made four trips to El Salvador to work primarily with dairy cattle and to train students.
He was a member of the Pachyderm Club, the VFW, and enjoyed attending and performing at the Baptist church in Ashland, Mo. He was fluent in Spanish and Swahili. He enjoyed bike riding on the Katy Trail, fishing, hunting and performing at nursing homes for their residents. He loved playing his guitar and singing for everyone to hear. His most memorable performance was surprising his granddaughter at her wedding reception by playing and singing for her.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Wolff, of 20 years (they met at a dance and fell in love). Survivors also include Bill’s daughter, Krissa (Bill) Slade; grandchildren, Meagan (Kyle), Kolton and Skylar; great-grandson, Casen William; Eileen’s three children, David (Nancy), Tom and Linda; and Bill’s son, Kevin (Maureen) Wolff, and their children, David and Abigail.
Services will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at VFW Post 5520, 609 Edgebrook Drive, Champaign, IL 61820.
Memorial donations may be made in his honor to your local VFW or humane society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, MO 65203; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at parkermillard.com.