Dear Jim and Joe,
I was shocked to see about your dad. And I am so very sorry!
Of course I remember being in Tae Kwon Do with you all when I was a teenager. Your dad was so nice and friendly. I think we were in the same belt class for awhile, but he moved way beyond me, Heidi and Eric! He loved being able to help you build confidence when you were young and he was right along side you in martial arts and weight lifting. He was so incredibly proud of his boys.
More recently, I enjoyed talking to him and getting updates on you both when I would stop in at Jay Drug for a treat. Your dad was just a salt of the earth, decent, and all around great guy! I will really miss him and I cannot imagine how you are missing him now. I will pray for you. I am so sorry!
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.
Dear Jim and Joe,
Linda & family -
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Phil & Zan Lofgren
Linda and Boys, I remember John from Kindergarten and all the years at SHS. We kept our friendship alive through the years. John was always my 'go to' guy at the Bank and I vividly was a strong support when I lost my mother and again when I lost my husband.. You and he spent several reunions at my table and I will carry the memory of a long time friend with me. May God Bless you all.
Jim and family. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know you will miss him a lot. I pray you will be comforted by good memories and lean into Jesus, our best comforter.
Jim, I see now where you got your love of martial arts.
I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing! I will miss seeing him on Saturdays . Karen Herron
John will be missed by many in Shenandoah. His friendly manner and caring way set the example for others. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Over the years you've shared several stories about your father including, your Tae Kwon Do experiences together, tournament road trips, and much more. The closeness your family demonstrates and the kind spirit you share every day is a testament to how your father was such a blessing to so many people. We are all saddened to learn of his loss and are keeping your family in our prayers.
Linda so sorry 6o see that your husband has passed, thinking of you teresa reitzler class of 69
Jim and Joe, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. We talked to him many times when he worked at the bank. I also have memories of the dedication he had to the martial arts that he shared with you boys. I know how proud he was of your accomplishments. Our sympathies are with all of you.
Although I never met him, it sounds like your dad was a wonderful, kind person who will be deeply missed. I am sorry for the sadness that you and your family are going through. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
John Wolfe was a treasured high school friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.
My favorite friendship story about John has always been about our junior prom. We were both too shy or too dumb (or both) to get dates with 'real girls', so we went stag together...what could go wrong with that??? We even rented dinner jackets and 'cumberbuns' from Johnson's Clothing. Pretty expensive to stand around, drink punch and bull shit each other until midnight...neither of us could dance and girls didn't go to prom 'stag' in 1959.
I will always remember John as a true friend. RIP
Richard Jaeckel, Class of 1960
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I'm praying that you will feel God's love and comfort in this difficult time.
Jim and family,
I was so sorry to hear about John's passing. He was such a wonderful spirit, and what a genuine and special person. I was also so impressed with him, and the closeness of your family when I crossed paths with him. He was truly special. Thoughts and prayers..... Sincerely, Neal G.
I am so sorry to hear about your dad Jim. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Be kind to yourself as you grieve.
I am so sorry for your loss. prayers be with your whole family. I met John at Whitehill Foodmart so known him for some time. He was a good friend and will be missed.
I am so deeply saddened by your sudden loss. My thoughts and prayers for your comfort and strength during this difficult time. I work with Jim at the University of Nebraska. I know he was close with his dad.
Linda and family. May God give you strength sufficient for your needs at this difficult time.
I am shocked to learn about John passing away. I have known him for years and I will miss him very much. I worked with him at Jay Drug and he was always quite a character and I would visit with him when he would come to Shenandoah Medical Center. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God bless his family in this sad time. Candy York
Linda and Family,
We are so deeply saddened by John's sudden passing. May the God of peace surround you with His mighty wings during this difficult time.
Nick and Jessica Bosley
oh my gosh i didnt know of his passing away until i seen his picture oh yeah he always a sweet man whom deliver my medicine to my apt door oh man so sorry that he passed away but he surely be missed by all his friend whom know him well he gain his wings and no more pain for him bless are his family and friend who grief for him wish i could be more of a comfort cause he often would talk about his pets too Ronald and terry ann fetz
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and sympathy to you and the sons. John will be greatly missed He was always busy and liked to visit.
I am so sorry to hear that John has passed away. I will miss him when I go into Jay's Drug and when he delivers my medicine.