Robert L. "Bob" Wolfe
1928 - 2021
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Robert L. "Bob" Wolfe

Ontario - Robert L. "Bob" Wolfe, of Ontario/Mansfield, passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021, at the age of 92 from natural causes. His wife, Ann (Schira) Wolfe, preceded him in death in 2013.

Bob was born on May 28, 1928, in Findlay, Ohio, to Russell and Mary Ellen (Roseberry) Wolfe. He was raised in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where he was an USHS graduate in 1946. He had an outstanding athletic career in football (1945 - undefeated NOL champions; 1st team All-NOL), basketball (1st-team All-NOL), and track and field (placing third in the state 880-yard run with a time that was the 4th fastest scholastic time in the nation his senior year). He was a graduate of Heidelberg College prior to launching a 35-year career in high school teaching (mathematics) and coaching.

Bob began his teaching and coaching career at Harpster (1950-53), followed by Bucyrus (1953-61), and Ontario (1961-85). He coached several sports, but his specialty was track and field. His teams won 4 consecutive NOL championships at Bucyrus and 10 consecutive JAC championships at Ontario. His summers were spent painting houses with the rowdy Shelby paint crew. After his teaching career ended, he served as the Ontario Zoning Inspector.

Bob and Ann raised four children and numerous pets at their home on Park Avenue West. Yearly automobile vacations during summer break were the norm - Expo 67, New England, and the most memorable being a 1968 trip to California. In their retirement years, Bob and Ann enjoyed their home and boat on Lake Erie - a favorite spot for the grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing Bridge, doing puzzles, pursuing genealogy, and avidly following Ontario High School and OSU sports. Bob was also active in the Ontario United Methodist Church, where he was a member since 1961.

Bob is survived by daughter, Deborah Langford of Northfield; son, Dan (Diane) of Ontario; daughter, Diana of Columbus; and daughter, Molly of Columbus. Grand- and step-grandchildren are: Rachel (Ryan) Boyle of Carlsbad, CA; Josh Langford of San Francisco, CA; Ben Langford of Columbus; Kristi Wolfe (Elil Yuvarajan) of League City, TX; Julie (Joel) Baker of Portland, OR; Cory (Kelly) Baumberger of Apex, NC; and Ben (Caitlin) Baumberger of Apex, NC. He is also survived by 11 great- and step-great grandchildren (with one more on the way); special friend, Shirley Wright; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to wife, Ann, he was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Laurel Jane Webb; brothers, Fenton, Russ, and William "Billy". He was the 'last man standing' of an all-star cast of aunts and uncles.

We will remember Dad and celebrate his memory with visitation hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Ontario, followed by a funeral service conducted by Pastor Christine Bell at 12:00 p.m. also at the church. Contributions in his memory to the Ontario UMC would be appreciated. In adhering to the governor's mandate, facial coverings must be worn and appropriate social distancing observed. A livestream of the service may be viewed on the Ontario Methodist Facebook page. The family will observe a private service at Mansfield Memorial Park.

The Wolfe family would like to thank the staff at Primrose Retirement Community of Mansfield, Kingston of Ashland Rehabilitation Center, and Kindred Hospice Care for the love and care provided to Bob during his last years. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is honored to serve the family.

Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.wappner.com






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Published in News Journal & Telegraph-Forum from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2021.
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April 22, 2021
Debbie, Dan, Diana, Molly and Families...my deepest condolences to you all. I will always remember your dad - and both your parents - with much affection as you were all a part of my childhood. My heart goes out to you and I am sending so much love. May his memory be a comfort to you, Love, Jodi
Jodi Barker
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April 22, 2021
I had the privilege of having Mr. Wolfe as a teacher, athletic coach and fellow faculty staff member during my years attending and teaching at Ontario. He was excellent in the classroom, a motivator in athletics and a very respected and personally appreciated fellow teacher. Mr. Wolfe was a positive influence in my life. God bless him and his family.
Sam Nichols
Friend
April 21, 2021
Love Coach Wolfe-Great Friend-Person-Coach
John P Johnson
Student
April 20, 2021
Best Coach and faculty friend I ever had. He was a lifetime inspiration to me. I can only imagine how blessed his family has been over the years. We'll miss you but rejoice in your happy eternity!
John Pirnstill
Friend
April 20, 2021
Bob was one of my most favorite of all teachers. He was always laughing and joking which made you feel that he was accessible. After he retired, I'd run into him and Ann and they always came over to talk. He'll be remembered as one on the best.
Vicki Perry
Friend
April 19, 2021
Bob was a fine Christian man who was a friend to all. His reputation is outstanding , truly a blessing to all knew him.
Blake Wagner
Friend
April 19, 2021
Coach Wolfe and Coach Hayes were my 9th grade football coach. He always had to push my glasses up my nose during drills.
Special influence on many students and athletes.
Rest in peace Coach Wolfe
Norm Nichols
Student
April 19, 2021
Sixty years ago at Bucyrus High School, Mr. Wolfe was the best coach and one of the best teachers I had while in school. Everyone thought the world of him. What a great guy. I'm so glad I knew him. His family should be so proud of him. RIP, Coach.
Geoff McGuire
Student
April 19, 2021
Mr. Wolfe was my math teacher throughout high school. Fortunately, for me, I got to take care of him in his senior years at the Dr's office. Such a nice man!!!! RIP Bob and fly high! My sympathy to the family during this difficult time.
Mona Hoffman Ujoodha RN
Student
April 19, 2021
Bob was my high school JV basketball and track coach. An all around great guy who let a lifetime positive impression on me and I’m sure many, many others as well. I’m proud to have known him and give my sympathy to the family.
Robert Struble, MD
Acquaintance
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