Horace G. Wolfard, 94, of Central Point, Ore. passed away peacefully Monday, November 25, 2013 at Providence Medford Medical Center following a brief illness.
Horace Glenn Wolfard was born August 22, 1919 in Eugene, Ore. to Aubrey Bernell Wolfard and Ella May (Strong) Wolfard. He married Dorothea Faye Wright September 17, 1941 in Walker, Ore. He graduated from Walter Union High School.
Mr. Wolfard proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army, 80th Tank Battalion, 8th Armored Division, in Europe.
Horace's timber industry career began as a timber faller both before and after his military service. In 1956 he started the family business, Wolfard Equipment Company in Cottage Grove. After selling the business in 1967, they relocated to the Rogue Valley, opening Wolfard Equipment, Inc. in Medford from which he retired in June, 2009.
A lifelong avid outdoorsman, Horace enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting with family and close friends. Through the years this included fishing in Alaska, moose hunting in Canada and rafting the lower Rogue several times. Each outing providing precious memories for all. In more recent years he thoroughly enjoyed playing cards, a staple at most all family gatherings.
Mr. Wolfard was a Master Mason of Medford Lodge #103 for 50 years and joined the Hillah Shrine in 1964. He was also a member of the Medford Elks Lodge #1168, VFW, and was formerly a 40 year member of the Rogue Valley Country Club.
Horace is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dorothea Wolfard; two sons, Dale Sr. (Linda) Wolfard, Medford, and Jeff Wolfard, White City, and four daughters, Vila Morrell, Creswell; Reba (Steve) Pickens, Medford; Janice (Steve) McGee, Central Point, and Peggy (Gordon) Liles, Cottage Grove. In addition he has 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by son-in-law Dennis Morrell, infant granddaughter Tricia Rae Wolfard, his parents, four brothers, and one sister.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Perl Funeral Home, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, Ore. 97504. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, Ore. 97239-3009 or Southern Oregon Humane Society, 2910 Table Rock Rd., Medford, Ore. 97501 or www.sohumane.org