151. Herbert John WOLF
was born on 31 Jul 1910 in Westford Township, Martin County, Minnesota.
He died on 16 Aug 2001 in Lakeview, Minnesota. Funeral Service Notice:
"Miss Me But Let Me Go: - poem
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rite in a gloom-filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little but not for long.
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me but let me go.
For life is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's Plan.
A step on the road to Home.
In Loving Memory of HERBERT J, WOLF
Services 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18th, 2001
Grace Lutheran Church,
Rev. Mark Braaten
Rev. Neil Christopherson
Sandy Ettesvold, Brad Gerhardt
"The Lord's Prayer", "Beautiful Savior,", Congregational
What a Friend We Have in Jesus", "My Faith Looks Up to Thee"
Interment: Rose Hill Cemetery, Wells, MN.
Donald Dahlke, Kenneth Detlof, Harlan Gorath, Mark Grefe, Martin Krause, Sherwood
Arrangements by Olson Funeral Home - Fairmont-Truman-Ceylon
Herbert John Wolf was born on July 31, 1910 in Westford Township, Martin County
to Robert and Lena (Kastning) Wolf. He attended rural schools and St. Paul's
Lutheran School in Truman and graduated from Truman High School in 1929. Herbert
graduated from Mankato state University in 1933 and later did graduate work at
the University of Wyoming. He married Jeanette Kaiser of Wells, MN on August
25, 1936. Herb taught in several high schools before coming to Fairmont in 1942
to teach Boys Physical Education and continued until 1976. Sports being a lifetime
love, prompted Herb to start coaching Boys Gymnastics and Baseball. His gymnastics
team won the state championships. For six seasons, his baseball team was in
the state playoffs. Herb was very active in school and the community. In 1971,
he was named Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Gymnastics Coaches Association.
Herb organized the Sentinel Relays from 1958-1976. He served as Fairmont Basketball
Coach for seven years. He was also Fairmont City Baseball Coach and coordinated
the Kiwanis Little League Baseball Program. Herb was active in the Kiwanis and
had charge of the Travelogue Program for 10 years. He was a member of Grace
Lutheran Church, Fairmont, council member, chairman of the congregation and superintendent
of the Sunday School. He was involved in 4-H for 29 years with their picnics
and sporting activities. Herb umpired baseball and refereed football and basketball
in Minnesota and Iowa. Herb was named to the Minnesota High School Coaches Association
Hall of Fame, Mankato State University Hall of Fame and was a member of the first
group inducted into the Fairmont High School Hall of Fame. He won the Golden
Deed Award in 1987. In 1989 he was Martin County Outstanding Senior Citizen.
He loved horses and was still a member of the Fairmont Saddle Club and rode
in parades for 40 years.
Herbert is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Jeanette Wolf, Truman,
MN; one daughter, Eleven Eicker, Napa, Idaho; one grandson, two great-grand children
and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was buried on 18 Aug 2001 in Wells, Martin County, Minnesota.
(252) Rose Hill Cemetery, Wells, MN Obituary in Truman Journal.
Truman Centennial - 1899-1999, page 303.
WOLF, Herbert and Jeanette
Herbert John Wolf, son of Robert Wolf and Lena (Kastning) Wolf was born in
Westford Township of Martin County on July 31, 1910. His grandparents came from
Germany to Illinois and then here in the1890's, shortly before the railroad was
built and the city of Truman was established.
Herb's grandfather Fred Kastning lived in Rutland Township. Grandfather John
Wolf, Sr. Lived in Westford Township on the old Jackson Road across the road
from where Herb Wolf now lives. When the railroad was built the John Wolf Sr.'s
house stood right on the railroad right-of-way. The house had to be moved but,
in moving it, something happened which halted things. The house still stands
where the movers left it. The railroad ran through the entire farm and over
Elm Creek. Some of the men of the family worked on railroad construction.
Herb lives in the same house his parents built across the road from Grandpa
Wolf but down the hill toward Elm Creek. At the age of eight years Herb's father
died during the 1918 flu epidemic. From then on Herb lived with one relative
and then another. He was shifted to many different country schools. In 1921
Grandpa Wolf took Herb to live in his home. By that time John Wolf Sr.'s had
moved to Truman on what is now called Central Avenue, but was formerly known
by the colorful name "Silk Stocking Street." The house is now occupied
by Allan and Rose Ludvigson. Grandpa John Wolf Sr.'s oldest son also lived in
Truman and was John Wolf, Jr. who ran the grocery store in the space now occupied
by Nick and Sam's Restaurant.
Herb attended St. Paul Lutheran School and was confirmed in 1924. Thereafter
he attended Truman Public School and graduated in 1929. He continued his education
at Mankato State College, graduating in 1933.
Herb's first job in teaching was at Huntley Public School. While in college
he began coaching all kinds. He took part in all sports, including gymnastics.
All his life was spent dedicated to working with youth and how he loved his
work. He was always organizing extra activities with different groups. He even
built an ice skating rink by himself so the kids could skate.
In 1936 Herb married Jeanette Kaiser of Wells, MN. They first lived in
Hendricks, MN where he taught. Then they moved back to Huntley where he was
principal of the high school and served as coach. He then moved to Hutchinson
then to Fairmont. He taught in Fairmont from 1942 until his retirement in 1976.
He coached, refereed and umpired, always working with young people.
In 1964 Herb and his family moved to Westford Township onto the farm where
he lived as a child. Soon his wife Jeanette was approached by Supt. A.L. Larson
and consequently taught first grade at Truman Elementary for the next five years.
Herb had become very interested in horses and began raising them. This was
before his retirement from teaching. He went trail riding around here and out
of state. His favorite was the Black Hills Trail Ride for an entire week. He
went to this ride six times. Another was the National Scenic Trail Ride down
in Waynesville, MO which he attended several summers. He loved riding in parades
and usually carried the American Flag. He especially loved riding in Truman's
parade. Herb still has two horses.
Baseball was another hobby. As a boy in Truman the vacant lots west of Grandpa
Wolf's home were the evening gathering spot for a game of baseball. In later
years he played with the Truman town team on the very same spot. Games were
there on Sunday afternoons and holidays.
In baseball coaching, Herb took his Fairmont High School team to the state
meet five times. On one of these trips his team played against Kent Hrbek from
Bloomington High School who became a great player of the Twins and played in
the World Series. Herb started the Fairmont High School boys' gymnastic team
and had state champions time and again. Some continued this sport in college
and were outstanding.
Herb and his wife still live on the home place on Elm Creek. The memories
are many and great. Herb had great drive and enthusiasm in all he did. Many
4-H children may remember trail rides he took them on through the Perch Lake
The person who influenced his going to college and into his line of work was
Herb's high school basketball coach, Mr. A.D. Hill.
many honors have been awarded to Herb and they hand on the living room walls
at his home on Elm C reek in Westford Township of Martin County. - Submitted
by Jeanette Wolf.
He was married to Jeanette KAISER on 25 Aug 1936 in Wells, Martin County,
Jeanette KAISER was born in 1910 in Wells, Martin County, Minnesota. Herbert
John WOLF and Jeanette KAISER had the following children: