June 4, 1951 -- Dec. 5, 2012
OLENA -- Kevin E. Wolfe, 61, of Olena, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at his winter home in Lakeland, Florida.
He was born on June 4, 1951 in Norwalk, Ohio to Howard and Virginia (Barnes) Wolfe. He lived in Elyria, Ohio, and moved to Huron County at age 5 where he lived for the remainder of his life. He graduated from Western Reserve High School and EHOVE in 1969.
After high school he worked with his father and brother at the Arco gas station on West Main Street in Norwalk. Kevin also drove school bus for South Central Schools. Other employment included Norwalk Furniture and Singer Sewing Machine. Kevin was self-employed since 1978. He started with excavating and building, and later added trucking under K.E. Wolfe Construction. He also ran a party tent rental business for several years with the help of his son and daughter. In 2000, he opened Olena Sales selling and repairing mowers, agricultural equipment, autos and recreational vehicles, until selling the business to his close friend, Ben Ryerson, in September, 2012. He was also a landlord for many years. Kevin was an entrepreneur at heart. He was a skilled and respected businessman and made many friends in his dealings over the years. He enjoyed going to auctions and buying and selling equipment. He and his friends attended an auction in Florida every year, and later Kevin loved finding good deals at sales and flea markets with his fiancé, Vicky, once they purchased their winter home in Lakeland in 2011. He was a member of the Eagles, and he loved classic cars.
He is mourned by his beloved fiancé Vicky Getz of Olena, devoted daughter Kelly (Sean) O'Brien of Toledo, and son Jason Wolfe of Williston, Ohio, along with his first and only granddaughter Anna Kate O'Brien of Toledo, in addition to Vicky's grandchildren: Gatlin Dapore, Kaitlin Risner, Reagan and Ryann Roland, and Brooklynn Blanton. He is also survived by his loving father Howard Wolfe of New London and his close friend and ex-wife Patricia Wolfe of Toledo. In addition he is mourned by his younger brother Michael (Deborah) Wolfe of New London, and his younger sister Lori (Stephen) Rospert of Norwalk. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and many, many close friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Wolfe of New London and his grandparents: Clarence and Chloe Wolfe, and Elden and Nellie Barnes.
Arrangements have been made through Eastman Funeral Home in New London, Ohio. A graveside service will be held at Collins Cemetery in Collins, Ohio, at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2012 with Rev. Howard Bowers officiating. A celebration of Kevin's life to follow at his shop at Olena Sales. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Luther Home of Mercy, P.O. Box 187, Williston, Ohio 43468-0187, the group home where Kevin's son, Jason, lives. Online condolences may be made at: www.eastmanfuneralhome.com