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Jim Wolff - February 11, 2012


James Anthony Wolff, “Jim” to all those who knew him, died Feb. 11, 2012 in Holyoke. He was born Aug. 15, 1920 in Madison, Wis., the only son of Casper and Lillian Wolff.

Though he grew up in Madison and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, all the while in ROTC on campus, he was never referred to as a “hometown boy” until he retired from active military service in the Signal Corps in the U.S. Army.

He married his high school sweetheart, Katherine Powers from Fond du Lac, Wis., on Aug. 22, 1942. Together, Jim and Katherine raised six children while extensively traveling to various military postings, compliments of Uncle Sam. His military career spanned from 1943 to 1965.

In 1965, he retired after 22 years of active military service with the rank of major. Jim and Katherine returned to their permanent home in Woodland Park, which was purchased while stationed at Fort Carson. He felt he was finally coming “home.”

Jim became active in all facets of Woodland Park’s community service and activities. Serving on the town Water Board and on the town council were only two of the many passions he pursued. Jim played an integral part in the growth and development of Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church. He and Katherine were one of the original 15 founding families. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and attained Fourth Degree status.

Jim was instrumental in the creation, planning and execution of various community projects. Establishing the first public library, promoting the Care & Share program and expanding the community Food Cupboard who helped the needy in the area are just some of his accomplishments.

Some of his “favorite things” to do were listening to fine music, raising animals (especially dogs), playing tennis and swimming, reading and discussing military history, woodworking and visiting with friends at Burger King as he enjoyed eating hamburgers that had unbelievably huge amounts of onions on them! But his “favorite,” first and foremost, was his beloved Katie.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Mark Andrew.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Katherine; daughter, Kathy Wolff of Holyoke; daughter, Mary Pierce and husband Roger of Springfield, Ohio, granddaughter Julie Davis and husband Alan of Chandler, Ariz., granddaughter Dawn Becker of London, Ohio and great-grandchildren Cory and Joshua, granddaughter Heather Pierce of Springfield, Ohio, and granddaughter Tanya Hall and husband Dan of Rural Retreat, Va. and great-grandchildren Owen and Ethan; son, James Wolff and wife Barbara of Madison, Wis., granddaughter Trisha Blomquist and husband Carl of DePere, Wis. and great-grandchildren Nikole and Emily, granddaughter Michelle Findlay and husband John of Liberty, Mo. and great-grandchildren Camden and Cooper, and granddaughter Amy Wolff of Madison, Wis.; daughter, Lynn Ball and husband BJ of Ovid, grandson William Joseph Ball II and wife Jesi of Sterling and great-grandchildren Joey and Cedi, and granddaughter Melinda Risner and husband Mitcheal of Wiggins and great-grandchildren Austin, Taylor, Dalton, Kaeson and Sheldon; daughter, Susan Wolff of Sedgwick; and son, Michael Wolff of Edgewood, N.M.

Services for James will be held Friday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holyoke. Interment will be at the cemetery in Julesburg.

In lieu of flowers or plants, please make donations to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holyoke.

Katherine would be pleased to receive personal condolences at The Carriage House, 816 S. Interocean Ave., Holyoke, CO 80734.