NORMAN — The Noble community is mourning the sudden passing of a long-time Noble resident and community volunteer. Jim Wolf died unexpectedly this past week and Noble residents are not only saddened by his passing, they are remembering the many things he did for the community.
“He was part of the fabric of our community,” said Robin Parker, community volunteer and Noble Chamber Board member. “He was such a part of all of our daily lives. He was the go-to guy. He was passionate about everything he did.”
An active member of the Noble Chamber of Commerce for many years, Wolf supported the Chamber and the community in many ways by printing flyers for the Noble Farmer’s Market and community announcements to be distributed to the schools without complaint and rarely with a charge.
Wolf was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of the Noble Chamber.
In January, the Chamber honored Wolf for his dedicated service with its “Above and Beyond” award. At the Chamber board meeting earlier this week, members held a moment of silence in his honor and discussed how excited Wolf had been about joining the board where he could help promote the “shop Noble” campaign he had advocated for years. This week’s meeting would have been Wolf’s first.
Police Chief Keith Springstead, who worked alongside Wolf at many community events and who knew him as a friend said in an email, “Wolf was a leader and outspoken advocate in his ‘shop Noble’ and ‘shop local’ campaigns. Wolf had compassion and enthusiasm for his business and community, always willing to step up and donate his time, merchandise and help at local events.”
Another longtime Noble resident, Robin Stead, a lawyer and owner of Café 77, echoed Springstead’s sentiments when she described how Wolf would call her a few minutes before closing up his shop, Wolf Laser on Main Street, and ask her how many business reminder cards she’d need the next morning for the Chamber’s Community Coffee event.
“He (Wolf) prepared the cards and got them to me by 8 a.m. the next morning,” Stead said, adding sometimes she was as late as 8 p.m. getting him the information he needed for printing. “He brought them to the coffee, handed them to me and made me look like a hero.” Stead said he was the real hero and wrote that she has no idea what she’ll do now because not only did she rely on Wolf for her printing needs, he knew what ink cartridges she needed when she’d call and give a nebulous description as simple as “the printer (you) sold me for my new computer.”
Facebook posts abounded with sentiments like Danielle Strawn’s who said, “The town of Noble lost a wonderful man last night … I will miss your constant jokes, your endless encouragement, your penchant for the truth and your generous nature. I will miss being asked daily, ‘how are you?’ and knowing you wanted more than a one word response.”
Known for his wit, Wolf often wove humor into his conversations. He also was a gun collector and enjoyed woodworking, Western movies and polka dancing.
“That man could polka,” Stead said. “People would stand in line to dance with him. He was the polka king.”
A testament to how well-known and loved Wolf was in the community, congregants filled the chapel and spilled into the foyer at his wake held at Noble’s McMahan’s Funeral Home on Thursday. Fr. Don Wolf said all in attendance at the wake were connected to Wolf in some way “by love or affection” and reminded those present that Wolf’s passing marked the end of an age because “the world we went to bed in on Saturday wasn’t the world we woke up to today.”
He encouraged attendees to remember God’s promises. A funeral Mass was held Friday at St. James Catholic Church in Oklahoma City.
Amid a palpable sadness among those gathered at the wake, Wolf’s friend Dee Downer pretty much summed it up when he said, “We’re making it through this.”
Born to John “Pete” and Louella (Marcotte) Wolf on Aug. 31, 1959, in Wheatland near Oklahoma City, he attended Western Heights High School and graduated in 1977.
He was employed with Fine Arts Engraving in Oklahoma City for 10 years before becoming self-educated in the ink cartridge and printer business and opening his own shop. He moved to Noble in 1995 and later opened Wolf Laser Inc. in 2000, which became a very successful printer enterprise.
Wolf is survived by his parents, Pete and Louella Wolf; sons Colt, Joseph and Wyatt Wolf; brothers Ray and Bob Wolf; sisters Janet Lail and husband Ronnie and Shirley Rukkila and husband Bob; many relatives; and an abundant number of friends.
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