Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe
Charles Rex “Chuck” Wolfe age 77, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at his home of multiple myeloma. He was born on September 28, 1937 in Madison, the son of Max and Imogene (Cripps) Wolfe. He attended Emerson Grade School and graduated from Madison East High School in 1955. From 1956 to 1958 he served in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Japan and Korea. He worked a number of years at Madison Newspapers in the mailing room and as a truck driver. He also worked in the construction trade. In 1960, Chuck moved to his grandfather’s Charles R. Cripps farm in the York Township, Dane County. He was married to Jane L. Thiede on December 5, 1970 in Columbus. Chuck and Jane together raised hogs and cash grain. They were blessed with four children, Steven, Paul, Janet and Allen. Chuck and Jane enjoyed farming very much with their family. They were involved in 4-H and FFA. In 2000, their sons took over the farming operation.
Survivors include three sons, Steven, Paul (friend Joann) and Allen; a daughter, Janet (husband, Chris Sawyer); one grandson, Jaspar Sawyer; two sisters-in-law, Mary Thiede and Joann Thiede; a nephew, Justin Thiede; many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane on November 14, 2013; parents; grandparents, Charles R. and Hannah (Austin) Cripps and Charles and Alice (McGraw) Wolfe; uncles, Frank and Rex Wolfe; aunt and uncle, Jeanette (Wolfe) and Herman Kneubuehl; step mother, Mabel (Tenjum) Wolfe; a brother-in-law, Leon Thiede.
There will be no visitation and private graveside services will be held at Okeeg Cemetery in Danville, Dodge Co., WI. The family would like to thank the many neighbors, doctors and nurses at the University Hospital and Agrace Hospice who assisted and cared for Chuck. Memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg.
“Just a Farmer”, you said and I laughed ‘cause I knew all the things that farmers must be able to do. They must study the land, then watch the sky and figure just when is the right time and why- To sow and to plant to buy and to sell to go to the market with cattle and well- you know the books that farmers must keep to pay all those taxes and be able to sleep. And you know the fixin’ that farmers must do when machines like mad monsters blow a gasket or two. I guess when God needed folks to care for His earth He chose “just farmers” ‘cause He knew their true worth. -Helen Coon
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