John Bryant Wolfe son of George and Helen Marjorie (Baker) Wolfe was born on June 27, 1942 in Shenandoah, Iowa. An only child John unexpectedly passed away on Saturday morning, October 28th, 2017 at home in Shenandoah, Iowa at the age of 75. He was a lifelong resident of Shenandoah except for six months in 1944 where the family resided on a ranch in Wyoming.
John was a proud graduate of the Forest Park Grade School, followed by Middle School and High School in the Shenandoah School District, graduating in 1960. Following graduation, he attended two years of college at Iowa Western Community College in Clarinda, Iowa and transferred and graduated with a history degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. During his high school years, he worked at Walter's Market on Nishna Road. Following graduation he worked briefly at the Shenandoah Post Office before joining the Security Trust and Savings Bank as a teller and rose to Cashier/Vice-President, briefly working with Bank Iowa before his thirty year retirement. After retirement he became a delivery driver for George Jay Drug until his passing. John was a confirmed member of the First Christian Church of Shenandoah, Iowa, until transferring his membership to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1982. John was a member of the Shenandoah National Guard, Company E, serving six years as a trained cook, under Don Ginger. He was a member of the Shenandoah American Legion, Post 88.
His many pastimes included golf, hunting, camping, and hiking. At the age of 52, John began studying the Korean Martial of Tae Kwon Do at the Shenandoah Tae Kwon Do School alongside his two sons. He received his first degree Black Belt on April 7th, 2000 and rose to the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2014. He also served as an instructor and certified Tae Kwon Do judge at Kim's Tae Kwon Do School in Omaha, Nebraska as a member of the National Tae Kwon Association. Following the death of Master K.H. Kim he transferred his membership to the Nebraska Academy of Martial Arts in 2016 where he maintained an active membership. He also was an avid dog lover, having five great dogs in his lifetime: Tiny, Mitzi, Teela, Daxie, and his current dog Ringo.
A 1974 car accident landed John in the Hand Community Hospital where on Christmas Day; he met Linda Asklof, his nurse for the day. Six months later on June 14th, 1975 they were married at Saint John's Lutheran Church in Essex, Iowa, residing in Shenandoah, Iowa. To this union was born two sons.
Preceding John in death were his parents George and Helen Wolfe. John is survived by his wife Linda, and sons, James of Omaha, Nebraska and Joseph of Shenandoah, Iowa. Other relatives include Rita and David Oberg of Shenandoah, Iowa, Ruth and Lyle Fridolfson of Rockwell City, Iowa and Desi and Gene Asklof of Ames, Iowa, nieces and nephews and several cousins and a great many friends.
Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah.
Visitation with the family will be held from 4-6pm, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.
Memorials may be directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church or To The Family (which will be earmarked for local charities).
Burial will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah.
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