David M. Wolf, 73 |
July 18, 1942 ó March 11, 2016
David M. Wolf, 73, passed away March 11, 2016, at his home in West Bend after a nearly year-long battle with cancer. He was born July 18, 1942 in West Bend to Cyril and Margaret Mary (nee Mueller) Wolf.
Dave was a lifelong resident of West Bend and attended West Bend schools and graduated from Marquette University in June of 1965. After graduation, he entered military service and was stationed at Fort Ord, California, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.
On July 22, 1967, he married Mary (nee Johann) and together they raised two daughters, Laura and Amy, on Green Tree Road in West Bend.
Upon discharge from the military, he joined Amity Leather Products Co., and was appointed vice-president in 1977.
In March of 1980, he and Mary bought Dickís Pizza, which they ran for 23 years. In 1988, they built the AmericInn Motel of West Bend. Dave was also a partner in the AmericInn of Belgium and Hartford, as well as the Social Security Building in West Bend.
Dave was active in many community and civic groups, including treasurer of the West Bend Jaycees; charter board member of the Kettle Moraine YMCA; president of the West Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau; drive chairman and president of United Way of Washington County; board member of the West Bend American Red Cross, West Bend Columns Organization, and West Bend Chamber of Commerce; three-time big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County; and, most recently, treasurer of the West Bend Gridiron Club.
Dave and Mary were also responsible for bringing the West Bend Christmas parade back to the community and Dave served as sponsor and chairman for several years. Additionally, he had an on-going role in both the West Bend Fourth of July parade and the West Bend Memorial Day parade. His awards included West Bendís Outstanding Young Man, Paul Harris Fellow Award through the West Bend Noon Rotary Club, and was twice named Rotarian of the Year.
Dave was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Koehn; his parents, Cy and Margaret Mary Wolf; his fatherand mother-in-law, Werner Johann and Margaret (Sylvester) Naumann; his sisters- in-law, Sandy Johann-Berkel and Katie Mezera; his brother-in-law, Gordy Henke; and his niece, Jenny Johann-Berkel.
Dave is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Amy (Lance) White; his grandchildren, Olivia, Margaret Mary, Anna and DJ Koehn, Teagan Cole, and Tripp, Quinn, Reed and Chase White; his siblings, Sara Rehring of Brookfield, Mary Henke of Milwaukee, Mike Wolf of Eugene, Oregon, and Jane (Bob) Steger of Kaukauna; his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Barbara (Roger) Landvatter, Ken (Chris) Berkel, Larry Mezera, Mike Johann and Sherry (Dick) Prost; his son-in-law, Andy (Jenn) Koehn; and his nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear family friends.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Schmidt Funeral Home (629 Cedar St., West Bend). A visitation at the funeral home will precede the service from 4-6:45 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Laura Koehn Memorial Foundation, C/O Amy Wolf-White, 926 Sunset Drive, West Bend, WI 53095.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.