Lawrence Arno Wolf
April 15, 1916 - Nov. 6, 2007
Larry Wolf, 91, of Dousman, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. He was born Lawrence Arno Edward Wolf in Elkhart Lake on April 15, 1916.
Larry was educated in the Elkhart Lake school system. He started his business life helping his father on the family farm and in their well drilling business. His brothers Clarence and Harold started Wolf Trucking Co., an earthwork, sand and gravel construction company, of which Larry had an early part.
Larry was a skilled mechanic and in his late teens was hired by Schwab Buick of Waukesha as a Buick mechanic. Larry decided he wanted to work on Chevrolets and went to work for Dale Chevrolet. On the weekends, he worked for Miller Chevrolet of Dousman. He met Lucylle Butler of Waukesha and they were married March 11, 1936. Larry and Lucylle enjoyed Dousman so well that they moved there and started a family. Leland, Lowell and Lynne were born and raised in Dousman.
Larry met August Shuster in Dousman and started Shuster & Wolf Sand and Gravel. Upon Aug’s retirement in 1941, Wolf Construction was born. Under Larry’s direction, Wolf Construction Co. went on to be the dominant construction company in Waukesha and Jefferson counties. Most of the roads, bridges and parking lots in the 1950s to 1970s were constructed and maintained by Wolf Construction. Wolf Paving succeeded Wolf Construction in the 1980s and is an ongoing operation by son Lowell Wolf and his family.
Larry was an avid private pilot owning several of his own airplanes used in the construction business and for his travels all over the United States.
His interests were in traveling, politics, flying and real estate. Partnering with Ray Ruff and Ted Morey, a multitude of subdivisions and shopping centers were developed.
Larry was active in the National Slurry Seal Association serving as a two-term national president. He was also active in local politics, serving as mayor of Dousman from 1965 to 1975.
Larry and Lucylle maintained homes in Dousman, Sister Bay and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Their real love was their lake home in Dousman.
Larry and Lucylle were blessed with a large family: their sons, Leland and Lowell, daughter, Lynne, and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. Visitation continues from 4 p.m. until the 5 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 266 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman. Following the service, lunch will be served in St. Bruno hall.
Memorials are suggested to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.
He will always be Larry Wolf from Dousman.