Jim Wolfe, age 82, peacefully passed away at his home in Georgetown, Texas on October 23, 2023, after enduring challenges posed by a bilateral stroke he faced five years ago. His devoted wife of 35 years, Sue Wolfe, was by his side at the time of his passing.
Jim was born in Ventura, California and grew up in Ridgecrest. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole (who passed away in 1986). Jim and Carole were married for 25 years and raised their two boys, Brian and Lee, who also grew up in Ridgecrest.
A proud veteran, Jim honorably served in the United States Navy for five years during his youth as an Aviation Mechanic before embarking on a career with Southern California Edison, where he progressed from a Lineman to the position of Senior Service Planner over the course of 33 years. Jim retired from SCE in 1996.
Jim was not only a dedicated father but also a passionate adventurer. He took his boys on camping trips, fishing expeditions, and 4-wheel drive adventures, fostering a love for the great outdoors. In the world of amateur radio, he was known by the call sign “Medicine Man.” Jim was involved in his son’s 4H projects, which encompassed raising sheep, while he himself raised pheasants. His reputation as a skilled handyman was well-deserved, as there was no challenge too great or anything he couldn’t fix. Jim could also build anything, as he was involved in the construction of homes, as well as restoring a number of cars and building a dune buggy from scratch. Jim was also a dedicated bowler, actively participating in local leagues with his friends.
In 1988, Jim married Sue Wolfe. The two spent many years sharing adventures in their motor home, often serving as Camp Hosts in their favorite campgrounds. Upon retirement, they moved from California to Arizona in 2016 before settling in Texas in 2021.
Jim leaves a lasting legacy, remembered by his wife, Sue Wolfe, his sister Judy VanDyke, his sons Brian and Lee, 7 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren, and many other family members and dear friends.
In accordance with Jim’s wishes, there will be no formal service. Instead, the family kindly requests that you take a moment to reflect on Jim’s remarkable life. He lived a long and joy-filled journey, and the family invites you to join them in bidding a heartfelt farewell to the “Medicine Man.”