In Loving Memory of Harold W. DeWolf, Jr.
ObituaryA private funeral service and burial celebrating the life of Harold W. DeWolf, Jr. was held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service. Interment followed at Wilson Cemetery with the Licking County Veterans Alliance conducting services at graveside.
Harold passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Chestnut House. He was born October 10, 1923 in Racine, Ohio to the late Harold W. and Hilda DeWolfe.
Harold was highly skilled in electronics working for the United States Government in guidance systems for over 30 years at the Newark Air Force Base in Newark, Ohio beginning his career in 1962. After World War II, he worked at the Gentile Facility in Dayton, Ohio.
He proudly represented his country by serving in The United States Navy from 1942-1946. Harold also worked on Operation Crossroads which was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by The United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. He was recognized and received The Presidential Commendation Ribbon from President Harry S. Truman.
He is a plank owner of the USS Alabama (BB-60) Battleship and the USS Indiana (BB-58) Battleship. Harold was given a unique opportunity to attend electronics school in Texas which laid the groundwork for his successful career working on and creating the guidance systems for the highly accurate Intercontinental Ballistic Missle (ICBM).
While working on and testing the many electronics systems, Harold flew many touch-n-go flights for the U.S. Navy. He also worked on numerous electronic systems for U.S. Naval ships and airplanes.
He was also an avid amateur Ham Radio operator building many of his own radios. Harold spoke with many people around the world including Air Force One with his call letters of K8HXT. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time and was a pilot who enjoyed flying his own personal plane.
Harold was a seventy-year member of the F & AM of East Fultonham Masonic Lodge.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Carole E. Wallet of Palm Harbor, Florida; a brother, Roger (Pam) DeWolfe of Florence, Kentucky; grandson, Randy Prince; and other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Phyllis J. DeWolf (2005), whom he married, June 26, 1948; and a son, Dan DeWolf (1978).
The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark is assisting the DeWolf family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Harold’s name to Capital City Hospice, 1650 Watermark Dr., Columbus, OH 43215 or to Chestnut House, 1065 Johnson Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055.