Dale was born on August 21, 1945 in Mansfield, Ohio. The early months of Dale’s life were uncertain as he moved from one foster home to another. He experienced grace early in life being adopted at 16 months of age to the late Fritz and Molly Wolf. Dale attended and graduated (1963) from Mansfield Senior High. During his high school years, Dale, met the one and only woman for him, Marcia. His first love, though, was always his Lord. Marcia and Dale saw one another for several years by attending church functions before she was able to date at 16. As it was always meant to be, the two were married in 1965.
In 1966, Dale joined the Army and went to work for the Army Security Agency in Maryland. Dale advanced quickly, attaining the rank of Sargent. In 1967, he was blessed enough to not have to travel to Vietnam and was able to serve his remaining time in Hawaii until 1969. Upon his Honorable Discharge, Dale received the National Defense Service Medal for his exceptional service in the army. In 1967, their son, Mark was born and after returning to Mansfield, Dale took the best gainful employment in town, which was the factories around Mansfield. With another son, John, born in 1971, Dale always did everything in his power to provide for his family, as they meant the world to him. He even remained at the factory when he graduated in 1982 with an Associate’s Degree in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. As much as he wanted to help others, Dale knew caring for and taking care of his family came first. Dale loved his children so much; he even took a second job at Burger King to pay for his son to have a graduation party. With a reputation for “closing factories,” Dale worked at National Seating for 8 years and they closed, Tappan for 4 years and they closed. Finally, retiring from Merrilatt after 10 years, they closed their doors too.
Later in his life, as his children left the nest and began their own lives, Dale looked to the community to help other people. He was a Deacon at Diamond Hills Baptist where they attended church for several years. Dale served as Director of Concern Ministries for 5 years. He was a great encourager and supporter when he volunteered at The Crisis Hotline answering phones. The past 22 years, Dale has served on the technical team at Crossroads Community Church, also serving in the leadership at Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads. It was there, Dale met many of his family-friends. Those he blessed with his friendship, love and Fatherly advice over the last years of his life. Those of us who will miss you greatly, but rejoice knowing we will see you later. It came as no surprise to us that even past the age of seventy, you served at the Episcopal Church’s food bank every week, until last year.
Dale was first diagnosed in 2001 with stage 4 Nasal Pharyngeal cancer. Dale went into Stephan-Johnson syndrome at that time and almost died. Marcia believes the next 20 years was a gift from God as he was healed of both. Dale enjoyed many hobbies and activities over the years. Chess was a particular favorite of his and he even played a friend days before passing and “was kind in beating” him. Friends loved playing cornhole and foosball with Dale. A special friend who beat Dale to heaven was given their very first cornhole set by Dale. It just happened to be Dale’s favorite team, The Cleveland Browns. Dale was also an avid Indians and OSU fan as well. Dale loved to play golf too, but was only able to catch the occasional game.
Dale and Marcia attended Mosaic Meals. They had a wonderful relationship with all those who came and the volunteer workers. It was at Mosaic, Dale and Marcia met and got to know, Tony Pingitore. The family would like to personally thank, Tony, for his love and concern during Dale’s final days. Along with his devoted, loving wife, Marcia, Dale is survived by his son, Mark A. (Mary Jo) Wolf, their children, Ethan and Adanna, and son, John F. Wolf II.
Over their 60 years together, Dale was a devoted Christian husband, and as such, he modeled the faithfulness and loving kindness of Jesus. His faith was beautiful in its simplicity and devotion. All who came into contact with Dale experienced his gentle, quiet, kind and gracious spirit. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and Dale certainly had and shared these with everyone. A unique experience was being able to celebrate Dale’s life with him a few days before he passed. We were able to express our gratitude and love to him for how he has blessed our lives with his unfailing faith and devotion to Christ and his wife, Marcia. Dale’s ultimate joy was his friends, family and faith. A life, and death, well lived.
Dale’s beloved four-legged children, his precious cats, were a constant companion to him. They would gather on Dale and Marcia’s dual recliner to keep them company. Friends of the family kindly request in lieu of flowers, please, help care for Dale’s four legged children, his fur babies, so they may continue to comfort Marcia. Donate for their care to Appleseed Valley Veterinarians @ 419-884-1074. Thank you for your generosity in helping care for their babies.
Special Thanks to Kindred Hospice for their kindness. To leave messages of support for the family please visit:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.