Thomas “Tom” L. Wolfe, 85, of Solon, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. A Celebration of Life was held on Sept. 14 at Lake Macbride Golf Course.
Tom was born June 18, 1927, in Mt. Joy, Penn., the son of Dr. Thomas and Wilma (Schatz) Wolfe. He married Mary “Bitsi” Ball in Dubuque on Sept. 14, 1957. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Sept. 14. He served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of the Solon American Legion for 65 years. He graduated from Cornell College in 1950. Tom and Bitsi moved to Solon in 1967 where they owned Chansky Drug Store until 1974. Tom then purchased Bauman’s Clothing Store in Mt. Vernon until selling that business in 1994. In 1971 Tom fulfilled his lifelong dream and passion of building, owning and operating Lake Macbride Golf Course until 2010 when he retired after 40 years. Tom was an avid golfer, regularly shooting his age or under. He was an avid fan and ticket holder of the Chicago Bears and the Iowa Hawkeyes for over 50 years. Tom’s number one priority was his family and time spent with them. He enjoyed his pontoon time on Lake Macbride where he would only bring home fish stories, no fish.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bitsi; children Jeff Wolfe and Twila Barnes, Tracy (Mike) Hufford, Scott (Lou) Wolfe all of Solon, and Sarah (Tim) McArdle of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren A.J., Logan, Katelyn, Royce, Mallory, Jesse, Spencer, Meagan, Andy and Rachel; brothers John (Betty), Bob and David; sisters Elizabeth Kroul and Mary Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two step-brothers, Dick and Daniel Wolfe; brother-in-laws Howard Kroul and John Smith.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.