Eugene Wolfe


March 7, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Eugene Glen Wolfe, 90, Savonburg, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, at his home.

Gene was born Nov. 7, 1926, in Anthony. He was the seventh of nine children born to George Washington and Elsie (Fastuacht) Wolfe. He grew up in the Aurora, Mo., area, graduating from Aurora High School in 1945. His family moved to the family farm near Savonburg in 1950.

Gene met Joan Johnson in Elsmore, and they were united in marriage in Iola on March 21, 1953. This union was blessed with two sons.

Gene served in the U.S. Army from June to December 1945 at the end of WWII. He was called to serve again in November 1950. He served in Korea during the Korean War. During the war, Gene was a driver for Major Ushaw. He also met and drove for numerous celebrities that visited through the U.S.O. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 30, 1952.

Following his time in the service, Gene returned to Savonburg where he farmed. Gene loved the farm and his animals; he was still farming until his passing. He also worked at the Parsons Stockyards for 25 years and at Chanute Manufacturing for 20 years. He was a charter member of Elsmore Ruritan Club as well as a past Zone Governor and District Governor of the Middle America District. Gene was also a member of the Savonburg Masonic Lodge, Virginia 315, the Mirza Shrine Temple, Pittsburg, and the Moran American Legion Post No. 385.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and three sisters, Bascome, Jane, Roy, May, George Jr., Donald and Virginia.

Gene is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Joan of the home; his sons, Glen Wolfe and wife Rhonda, Savonburg, and Mike Wolfe, Pittsburg; one grandson, Brad Griffith; four great-grandchildren, Gage and Bailey Griffith and Eli and Bradley Griffith; and one sister, Viola Bradshaw, Sunland, Calif.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, Moran. Burial with military honors will follow in the Elsmore Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marmaton Valley High School Athletics.

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