James Julius Wolf (1935 - 2017)

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  • "Jim will be greatly missed by his family. We send our love..."
    - Richard Rasmussen
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Funeral services for James J. Wolf, 81, were conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment will be in the Exira Cemetery in Exira. The honorary casket bearers are the Exira Lions Club. The casket bearers will be Randy Thompson, Terrill Burger, Neal Wolf, Craig Simonsen, Rick Thompson and Tyler Wilson. The Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
James Julius Wolf, the son of Julius Jens and Cecelia Leone (Thielen) Wolf, was born Feb. 22, 1935, at his parents' home in Hamlin Township Audubon County, and died Jan. 28, 2017, after a short illness surrounded by his family in his home north of Exira, at the age of 81 years, 11 months, and 6 days.
Jim was baptized and confirmed at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Exira. He attended rural school at Hamlin #7 then the Exira Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1953. Following graduation Jim worked for his father and neighbors. In April of 1959, he was inducted into the United States Army. He took his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri and received advanced medical training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He served 19 months in Nellingen, Germany. Jim was honorably discharged in March of 1961. He returned to Exira and helped operate the family farm with his father and brother David.
On Aug. 20, 1977, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Ann Petersen at the Exira Christian Church in Exira. They were blessed with one daughter Shanna. Jim continued to farm until 1990 then worked for Nelson Land Improvement and then EBI in Audubon retiring in April of 2004. During retirement he enjoyed going to coffee at the Red Barn and Darrell's Place. Jim enjoyed being outdoors and spent many hours caring for their property. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
Jim was an active member of the Exira Christian Church in Exira, where he served as a member of the Church Board, and served as a Deacon and an Elder. Later Jim became a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Jim was an active member of Exira Lions Club. He served as President and Membership Chair and received the Warren Coleman Award.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his infant sister Rosemary Wolf and infant brother Charles Wolf and brother David Wolf; his mother-in-law and father-in-law Henry (Hank) and Ethel (Petie) Petersen; his sisters-in-law Ardith Wolf and Mary Jo Rustvold; his brothers-in-law Carl Simonsen, Norma Jayne, Robert Wheeler; and Lorreta Rustvold and Robert Green.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy Wolf of Exira; his daughter: Shanna Wolf of Minneapolis, Minn.; his sisters and brother Betty Simonsen and Harriet Jayne both of Exira, and Phylip and wife Jane Wolf of Marionville, Mo.; his brothers-in-law and his sisters-in-law: Richard and wife Marilyn Petersen of Audubon, Judy Wheeler of Exira, Harold Rustvold of Audubon, and Wanda Wolf of Atlantic; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Kessler's Exira Funeral Home
234 W South St
Exira, IA 50076
(712) 268-2662
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2017