Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Wilfred Gary Trotter

July 27, 1936September 24, 2019
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PEORIA – Wilfred Gary Trotter, 83, of Peoria, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria. He was born on July 27, 1936 in Chicago, a son of Fritz E.R. and Rebecca (Megan) Trotter. He married Peggy S. Sunn on July 18, 1970 in Peoria, she survives.

Also surviving is one son, Trent ( Marijane) Trotter of Dunlap; and three grandchildren, Theo, Lucy, and Monroe Trotter of Dunlap. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary was a graduate of Central High School and Bradley University and was a veteran of the United States Army. He last worked as a physical education teacher, biology teacher, and golf and basketball coach for East Peoria Community High School for 19 years, retiring in 1993, but continued to coach until 2001. Gary previously worked as a physical education teacher and basketball coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Peoria for 13 years, from 1961 to 1974.

He was a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the East Peoria Hall of Fame, receiving the Neve Harms award in 2006.

Gary’s memorial service will be at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Rev. Dr. Laura Reason will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Independent Sports Club of Peoria www.iscpeoria.com or The Christian Center of Peoria www.thechristiancenter.cc.

Condolences may be left for Gary’s family at www.woolsey-wilton.com.


  • Fritz E.R. Trotter, Father
  • Rebecca Megan Trotter, Mother
  • Peggy S. Sunn Trotter, Wife
  • Trent and Marijane Trotter, Son
  • Theo, Lucy and Monroe Trotter, Grandchildren
  • Wilfred Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Rebecca Trotter.



  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, October 4, 2019


  • Burial


Wilfred Gary Trotter

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Patti Thornton

October 5, 2019

Peggy and Trent,
I am Audrey Monroe’s daughter and she was one of Gary’s biggest fans! I have good memories of him from Pleasant Hill. He used to ask me the starting line up for the Cardinals when I was in 3rd grade and laugh because as a girl, I knew! He also taught 7th grade science and on game days, our class would clean the gym and trophy case. Even as a kid, I loved his stories! Continued thoughts, prayers and blessings to you!

Lois and Jim Mannaioni

October 5, 2019

Our sympathy to you all. Jim was telling me how Randy Simmons always spoke so warmly about your husband. I’m sure he touched many lives for good. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leslie, Patrick Hogan

October 1, 2019

Our sincere condolences to Gary's family.
Leslie and Patrick Hogan

Kristina Hohstadt

September 29, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary when I worked at the YMCA. He and his friend, whose name was Gary as well, would always be on the track. Coach Trotter loves talking to the kids I worked with, he even coached them in some basketball clinics from time to time. I saw him again at LHV, where I work now. I was surprised to see him and exclaimed, “That’s Coach Trotter” and told everyone how he coached almost every sport imaginable. Whenever I would say hi to him he would always have a great big smile on his face. He will be sorely missed. Sorry for you loss.

Dennis Carey

September 28, 2019

So sorry for your loss.
I was one of his players on the state championship team at Pleasant Hill.
He was a great man and great coach.
I’ve thought of him many times as my children and now grandchildren are playing. His legacy in coaching will always be a part of me and I have carried on what I learned from him to my children and now my grandchildren.
His dedication to family and sports will carry on for many generations.

Dennis and Kathy Carey

Frank & Jan Borror

September 28, 2019

We are very thankful for Gary's teaching and coaching of our son, Scott Slocum. Gary was an inspiration for our son in his vocation as a sports director at WJOL in Joliet. Rest in Peace.

Tim Woodall

September 28, 2019

When I entered high school, Coach Trotter showed a interest in helping me become not only a better basketball player but a better person. He taught me fundamentals that I lacked. For that, he will always be MY COACH. My condolences to his family and THANK YOU COACH TROTTER!!!

Patrick Coate

September 28, 2019

Coach Trotter was my Freshman Basketball Coach in 85-86. Coach had a way of blending basketball with life lessons that wasn’t so common then. Definitely a role model for me. I was fortunate to see him at the Y several years ago and shared how much I enjoyed him.

Denise Johnson

September 28, 2019

Heartfelt condolences go out to Gary's immediate family while he was a resident at LHV

Pat Guilfoyle

September 28, 2019

John and Gary were great golfing friends. John so respected Gary, had many good times with him. Golf trips and the Saturday/Sunday golf group at local courses for many years. I’m sure there is a “game on” in Heaven right now with the two of them.

So sorry for your loss Peggy and Trent. May he Rest In Peace.