Kermit Coolidge Wolfe
Kermit Coolidge Wolfe, 88, of Tunnelton passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Heartland in Kingwood, WV. Members of his extended family had kept watch over him through the many weeks of his illness.
Kermit was born November 4, 1924, loving son of Dellis and Audra Wolfe, at Denver, West Virginia. "Beck" Wolfe was an avid hunter and active in sports. He lettered in basketball at Tunnelton High School in the 1941-42 season as Captain of the basketball team. Kermit also played shortstop for the Perry County championship Six Mile Turn Teams of 1947 and 1948 seasons. He had great range, a strong arm and soft hands. With his speed, he was a base stealing threat. His batting average was around .290 but his biggest asset was his defensive play at shortstop. After leaving Six Mile Turn, he played amateur baseball in West Virginia. Kermit loved to hunt squirrel and groundhog, which filled the meat pot of his Mother's kitchen.
Kermit entered the service of his country on July 22, 1943 and was stationed at Camp Callan, California. He sailed overseas on August 27, 1944 and was deployed in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany as a member of the 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division. Kermit participated in the Holland and Belgium Campaigns while attached to the Canadian First Army and fought with the famed American First in the battles of Ruhr, Rhine and Northern France. "Sergeant Kermit C. Wolfe was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations in Germany on 9 December 1944. Voluntarily and at great risk to his life, Sergeant Wolfe led carrying parties across one thousand yards of open terrain to secure vitally needed supplies of food and ammunition. Working under complete enemy observation and fire, he made numerous trips to perform his self assigned mission. By his superb leadership, skill, and devotion to duty, Sergeant Wolfe contributed materially to the success of his unit, reflecting the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States." Kermit was released from the service of his country with an Honorable Discharge at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland on 6 January 1946. He never talked about his service to the freedom of the world. This information was found in his papers at home, heroes often go unrecognized. After the War, Kermit was a member of the Coast Guard, worked construction as a carpenter, a maintenance man at Preston Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Denver United Methodist Church and attended regularly till his health declined. Kermit was a member of VFW Post 2345 and Masonic Lodge #43 AF&AM. He graduated from Tunnelton High School with the class of 1942.
Kermit was preceeded in death by his Mother, Audra Wolfe, and his Father, Dellis Wolfe. Also preceeding him is death were his Sister, Wanela Bolyard and his brother-in-law, Leo Bolyard.
Survivors include his Sister Willavene (Pooch) Plum and her husband, Watson, Sister Sandra Rhodes and husband Carl,of Tunnelton and Brother Terry, of Morgantown. Also surviving as part of Kermit's extended family are Alice Schmidle, Sue Sapp, and Eppy Bennett. Also several nieces and nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Tunnelton Ambulance Service.
Viewing will be at Browning Funeral Home in Kingwood, West Virginia Monday August 19 from 2PM to 8PM. Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Douglas Rosier on Tuesday August 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow in the Denver (Shaw) Cemetery, Tunnelton where military graveside rites will be conducted by Preston County VFW Posts, Preston County Chapter 977, Vietnam Veterans of America and the WVANG Military Funeral Honors and Masonic Lodge #43 AF&AM will also conduct Masonic graveside rites.