Belton Charles Wolf |
Resident of Campbell
June 15, 1923 – June 13, 2013
Belton's life was an endless adventure. Blessed with the art of conversation and drive to succeed, he fit so much into his life. Stories of his San Francisco childhood, his singing and hotel detective jobs at the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins hotels brought a smile to any listener. At age nineteen, Belton served his country in WWII as a B17 crew member for the 305th Bomb Group based in England. He flew over two dozen missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four oak-leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart among others. He established a long career in the Air Force, earning Airman of the Year and flew several missions in Vietnam before retiring as Colonel after serving in active duty reserve. Belton started a career in security management at Ford Aerospace where he retired in 1988. He continued to add to his stable of stories with annual trips abroad with his wife, Mary Anne, his membership in the Screen Actors Guild, appearing in movies and TV shows, and serving as a board member with the 8th Air Force Historical Society. Heaven just gained another hero…
Belton was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anne, and his brother Lawrence. He is survived by his children, Greg (& Jennifer) Wolf, Chris (& Carol) Wolf and Lisa Wolf Janello (& Dave Buhs), and grandchildren, Emily, Catherine, Christopher, and Patrick, all of San Jose.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 13716 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos.
Donations may be made to:
8th Air Force Historical Society
B. Wolf Memorial Fund
PO Box 956
Pooler, GA 31322
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 23, 2013