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Bruce Nelson Tolf

Washington – Bruce Nelson Tolf, 63, of Washington, passed away at 4:05 AM on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Washington Senior Living. He was born on February 21, 1957 in Peoria to Robert and Betty (Harding) Tolf.

Surviving is his mother, Betty Tolf; one son, Nathan Tolf; Nathan’s mother, Vickie Tolf; one brother, Randy (Char) Tolf; and two sisters, Terrie (Jerry) Lamprecht and Sylvia (Gary) Norton.

Bruce was preceded in death by his father and one son, Lucas Tolf.

Bruce worked as a civil engineer tech for STS and later worked as an entertaining door greater at Walmart. He was an avid Chicago Bears Fan and enjoyed fishing and the bands, Chicago and the Eagles. Bruce was known as the life of the party.

Private graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Trivoli Cemetery in Trivoli, IL. Rev. Walter Carlson will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded with Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Memorials can be made to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital in honor of Ila Pruitt. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Mike McConnell

    Reply July 8, 2020 10:27 am

    I have known Bruce since 1978 when we started at STS. He started working for them the week before I did. Bruce was a helluva guy. We ended up working together in the Chicago area. He was in my wedding. I have lost touch with him the last several years.
    Nathan and Vickie you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Rest In Peace Boo Boo. Thanks for the ride Bruce.

    • Vickie Tolf

      Reply July 8, 2020 7:57 pm

      Thank you Mike. Some great memories for sure.

  • Diana McConnell

    Reply July 8, 2020 12:10 pm

    I am so sorry, Vickie and Nathan. I will never forget our friendship in Chicago. Bruce was a great guy and will be missed. God bless you.
    Diana McConnell

  • Vickie Tolf

    Reply July 9, 2020 12:23 pm

    Thank you Dianna. Miss you guys. Vickie

  • Karen Hicks

    Reply July 11, 2020 7:11 pm

    I first met Bruce when he moved to Pontiac and we lived in the same apartment building. We became good friends and neighbors, He referred to me as “sis”. He fit right in with my group of friends, partying on the weekends and occasionally during the week, okay, often during the week. He was definitely the life of the party, keeping everyone laughing hysterically. On one occasion, a group of us went to Pizza Hut and Bruce was getting ready to place the order. There was a group of young girls sitting next to our group and they were discussing cheerleading. Bruce told the waitress we wanted sausage, mushrooms, onions and cheerleaders. He didn’t even realize what he had said until we all burst out laughing. We never let him live that down. God Bless You Bruce and thanks for all the laughs and memories.

  • Ila Pruitt

    Reply July 12, 2020 3:02 pm

    Miss you Bruce. You fought a tough fight.

  • Mary James

    Reply July 13, 2020 10:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was a very great man.

  • Martha Ellis Norcross

    Reply July 14, 2020 9:19 pm

    Betty and I attended Bradley University together . Pauline Howe was her roommate. I attended the wedding of Betty and Tolf. My name is Martha Ann Ellis Norcross. I lost a daughter so I know what it Is like to lose a child. My heart goes out to you.

  • Martha Ellis Norcross

    Reply July 14, 2020 9:46 pm

    Betty and I attended Bradley University and Lived in the same house. Pauline Howe was her roommate. I attended her wedding to Tolf. My name is Martha Ann Ellis Norcross. I know what it is to lose a child because I lost one, Julie. My heart goes out you.

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