The Wilfong name is one of the most prolific in Standardbred racing in the state of Indiana. Over the years, several individuals from the family have worked tirelessly to promote the sport. The latest from the family that carried on the tradition was Lynn Wilfong, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 9 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, Ill.
Born in 1939, Lynn was a graduate of Wilkinson High School and played basketball and baseball for the team. He and his wife, Barbara, recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary.
Lynn followed his father into racing, winning his first race with Sunny Thunderbolt at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Connersville in the early 1960s. Thorough records for driving and training were not kept until the mid 1970s, so many of Lynn’s wins are not on his official list from the U.S. Trotting Association. He made his last drive at Converse in 2017 and trained his last horse in 2016 at Frankfort on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit.
In addition to his success in the barn, Lynn served as the track announcer at the Newton County Punkin Vine Fair for over 40 years. He was the first recipient of the breeder’s award given by the Standardbred Owner’s and Breeder’s Association of Indiana, now known as the Indiana Standardbred Association. He was inducted into the Indiana Horse Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2017 and the Indiana Standardbred Hall of Fame in 2019.
Lynn’s visitation and funeral are set for Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Condo & St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory in Wilkinson, Ind. The funeral will begin at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Simmons Cemetary in Wilkinson, Ind.
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