Tom Wolfe, 88

Feb. 28, 1926 — July 3, 2014Thomas Ray Wolfe, 88, of Columbia City, died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since May.He was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Whitley County, a son of the late Ray and Elvirta A. (Buckles) Wolfe. He spent his formative years in Washington Township. The family moved to the Wolf Lake area where he graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1944. He continued his education at Purdue University receiving a bachelor’s in Engineering in 1949.Returning to the area, he began his work career with the former Weatherhead in 1950 as an engineer. Concurrently, he began selling real estate and in 1961 formed Tom Wolfe Realty. A well known realtor, he operated under his name until 1978, when he became the local affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate. He retired in 1998.On Aug. 8, 1970, he was united in marriage to Myrna S. Wiley. They have always made their home in Columbia City.In his spare time, he enjoyed golf and camping. He was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Grace Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Myrna; his children, Rita (Bill) Griffith of Warsaw, Christine (Michael) Keenan of Kendallville, Jerry (Carolyn) Gruver of Pierceton, Portia (Jerry) Davis of Warsaw, Theresa (Ed) Dollier of Auburn; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and a brother, Neil (Sue) Wolfe of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by brothers, Jack and Max Wolfe and a sister, Wilma Easterday.The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial will be in the Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Grace Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.Condolences may be sent to