Francis John Wolf
Frank, as he was known to family and friends, passed away January 29, 2016 after a brief but courageous battle against cancer. He was born January 5, 1943 in Madison, Wis.
Frank and his family moved to Eugene, Ore. in 1955 where he grew up and graduated from St. Francis High School in 1961. Upon graduation he entered the United States Marine Corps, serving proudly for nine years. He was honorably discharged in 1970 at the rank of Sergeant. During his service with the Corps, he completed two tours in Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7) and he also picked up some crazy skills in the game of pool that became an entertainment passion that he enjoyed throughout his lifetime.
Soon after returning to Eugene, he joined the U.S. Postal Service and began his career as a letter carrier, earning a reputation as one of the hardest-working and fastest-walking carriers in the city. They still talk about him to this day! He transferred to Central Point, Ore. in 1980 and retired in 2001. Frank had a life-long love of classic cars, owning several over the years and a love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. As a young man, he befriended several members of the Free Souls and Gypsy Jokers motorcycle gangs, and occasionally joined them on sponsored “poker runs” to raise money for local charitable organizations.
Frank embraced the USMC's motto: “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” and supported area veterans groups. Retirement gave him time to pursue his Native American roots and he frequently represented military veterans during Pow-Wow Grand Entries and Gourd Dancing. Frank loved to cook, read, and watch movies. He was artistic and for several years created painted “stained” glass works that he gave to family and friends. He enjoyed bargain hunting at yard sales, flea markets, and thrift and antique stores, and he loved to take trips to Brookings with his wife.
Frank was raised a Catholic and studied at the seminary for the priesthood while in high school. He maintained a very personal and spiritual connection with God throughout his life, and even took a one-year sabbatical from the post office to study, and live life as a monk at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey near Lafayette, Ore. Later in his life, he attended Table Rock Fellowship and eventually followed Pastor Tom Sabens to Grace Point Fellowship. But it was not until he met the woman who would become his wife, and her three beautiful children, that his heart became whole and his mind found contentment and peace. Frank loved being a husband and father, and he absolutely adored being “Poppa” to his four grandchildren, who were the joy and loves of his life.
Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon; his stepchildren, Rebecca, Breanna, and Jacob; and his four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, but remained close to his brothers, Jerry and Josh, and his sister, Marianne Wolf.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. All are welcome to attend. Immediately following the service, a potluck gathering will be held at the White City Domiciliary, outside in the Native American Activity, NW Area.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to Grace Point Fellowship, “Community Outreach Ministries.” 541-200-2164.