Art Wodtke

Art Wodtke, age 86 of north of Greenville passed away at 4:05 am Tuesday, May 14, 2024 with Kent at his side.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2024 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home with Darryl Bolen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt.Auburn Cemetery next to his wife Linda. The family will receive friends from 11 am Monday until service time. Memorials in memory of Art may be made to the Mt.Auburn Cemetery or to Lemuel Rhodes Cancer Fund.
Arthur F. Wodtke, the son of Frank Michael Wodtke and Hulda Katherine Gesell Wodtke, was born on Wednesday, January 19, 1938 in Loogootee, Illinois. Art moved with his family to Bond County (Hookdale) as a child where he attended the Hookdale Country School and graduated from Mulberry Grove High School in 1955.
Arthur and Linda Lou Cripe were married on December 7, 1957 in Smithboro and enjoyed 33 years together before her passing in 1990. They are survived by their son Kent Wodtke and wife Toni of Greenville, granddaughter Carissa (Matthew) Hawkins of Mount Vernon, IL along with 4 great grandchildren: Aiden. Mason, Maddison, and Oaklynn, a host of nieces and nephews and his four legged friend Guinness.
Early in life Art worked in East St. Louis, unloading boxcars. He then worked for Kenny Harnetiaux as a carpenter building places including Nobby Schmitt Motors, the Shell Station, building onto the Donnell Funeral Home, and the Free Methodist Church. Art and his son Kent joined forces and formed Wodtke Construction building many homes in the area from 1977 until 1981. Art then joined the United Brotherhood of Construction Workers Union in 1960 working for over 50 years as a union carpenter. He worked with companies including Plocher Construction in Highland and JJ Wuener in Alton. He retired in 2003. Art enjoyed watching Nascar, wrestling, boating, morning coffee at McDonald’s, tinkering in his workshop, running in the neighborhood and exercising. He walked on his treadmill until last November of 2023. He enjoyed still living in the house he built with Linda over 60 years ago.
Art is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Linda, and is the last of his generation of 8 Wodtke siblings being preceded in death by 7 sisters: Fran Sexton and Flo Piker who were twins, Erma Bauman, Emilie Cuthrell, Verna Priest, Rosey Scott Gibson, and Wilma Volkmar.
Art and Linda were active members of the Greenville First Presbyterian Church and later the Greenville First Christian Church.
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