Howard Nelson Wolfe Sr., 98, of Laramie, WY passed away May 20th, 2022 in Colorado Springs, CO.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday June 2nd 2022 at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home at 2133 Rainbow Ave. Laramie, WY 82070.
Howard is survived by his sons, Howard Jr. and Gregory (Debi) Wolfe, daughter Sandra (Ron) Gilmore, Linda (Leon) Magill. Grandchildren Tambi Schappell, Randall (Dana) Gilmore, Eric Barr, Shana Barr, Zachary Wolfe, Jason Magill, Stephanie Buckley, Justin Garrett, Ryan Magill, Erika Zaman, 7 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, all 11 of his siblings, wife Helen in 1986, wife Marie in 2006, daughter Debra Barr in 2009, daughter-in-law Lisa Wolfe in 2013, Stepson Larry Braman in 2015, Grandchild Tammy Braman in 2020, as well as his trusted and loyal dog buddy Kobi.
Howard, known by most as Nelson, was born August 10, 1923 in Boone County, Missouri to Virgil “Dewey” Wolfe & Exie (Wilhite) Wolfe. He was called to serve in World War II in 1943 and once discharged he married Helen (Love) Benson and moved to Laramie in 1949. Nelson held various jobs throughout his lifetime and was always ready to share a story about his time building homes with his dad in Laramie and driving a truck to deliver Coca-Cola around the city. However, he was most proud of his time with Union Pacific Railroad, working as a Fireman in the early 50’s with the steam engines and finally retiring as an Engineer in 1985. Nelson and his family moved back to Missouri to be near family for several years before moving to Denver in the early 70’s and later moved to Cheyenne, WY in the 80’s while working for the railroad.
Nelson married Marie Braman in 1987 in Vegas. They spent his retirement time snow birding in Arizona, golfing, sunning and traveling to see family any time they could. Nelson was known to have the gift of gab and could be found at the Elks, Moose or VFW with friends, old and new, having a drink and a good meal. Besides being a jokester and infamous story teller, he was also an avid Gin Rummy and Cribbage player, competing in tournaments and even at 98 won a game against his son just days before his passing. He portrayed an indifference for dogs but in reality he loved dogs and they loved and grew attach to him instantly, always by his side, at his feet or in his lap cuddling up for nap time. He was also a proud Shriner and active in the local chapter of Korein Shriners Club.
The family would like to thank the kind and compassionate people with Hospice of Laramie and Liberty Heights of Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to Hospice of Laramie or Shriner’s Hospital.