John “Yogi” Wolfe Jr., loving husband, father, and friend to many, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the age of 53. He died at his residence in New Market, with his wife and son by his side. He bravely faced many challenges with his illness these past six months, and will remain a source of strength to all who knew him.
He was born May 2, 1960, in Rockingham County and was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Eugene Wolfe Sr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Debra Blosser Wolfe; and a son, Jonathan Wolfe and wife, Heather, of Edinburg.
His family members include mother and stepfather, Judy and Donald Riggleman of Broadway; stepmother, Barbara Wolfe of Broadway; brother, Timmy Wolfe of Harrisonburg; sisters, Kay Layman of Harrisonburg and Sherrie Caplinger of Broadway; stepbrother, Donald Riggleman Jr. of Broadway; stepsister, Rosemary Comer of Shenandoah; four nieces, one nephew, one great-niece, one great-nephew; and mother-in-law, Katherine “Sis” Blosser of New Market.
He grew up and worked in the Tenth Legion area, and was known to most as “Yogi” in the surrounding community areas. His work included White’s Dairy Farm, Hauns Service Station and Strickler Automotive. Following his employment and body-shop training with Jimmy Strickler, he owned and operated Wolfe’s Auto Body and Restoration for the past 30 years. His body shop was a common gathering place to socialize among the community residents and friends.
His hobbies included antique collecting, NASCAR memorabilia, attending car shows with his 1970 Camaro, drag racing and vehicle restorations. He also enjoyed yard work and metal detecting in his spare time. He treasured memories of vacations with family and friends at Nags Head, Las Vegas and Florida.
He always made time to lend a helping hand when called upon by family and friends. His family and friends will always remember this humble man for his generous support and great sense of humor, who never needed great things to make him happy, and always enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.
To each of you who share fond memories with him, please know over the past years on both happy and sad occasions, “Yogi” often told his wife “I have met and known a lot of good people in my life.”
Although it ended too soon, his life was full of love, and the impact he had on our lives will continue within us, and always remain in our hearts. He was loved, and will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
John’s (Yogi’s) family would like to express their gratitude to all who have provided support with many acts of kindness these past six months, while facing the challenges of his illness. He was touched by the kindness of so many.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway. Friends may also call at the home of his family at any time.
Pastor Jeffrey Sonafelt will conduct a Memorial Service at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market on Monday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. with a reception following at the church.
His body was cremated.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks memorial contributions be made in John’s name to the Reformation Lutheran Church (Preschool Scholarships or Crisis Fund), New Market, Va.; Summit House (for the Pear Street Consumer Fund), Attn: Matt Morris, 1888 Pear St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, RMH Sentara Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Drive Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.GrandleFuneralHome.com.