Robert Bruce “Bob” Wolf

Okemos, MI

Sept. 27, 1928 – Feb. 9, 2019

Bob, age 90, passed away in Florida from advanced dementia. He was born in Mason, Mich. to Carl and Josephine Wolf and attended Eaton Rapids High School where he was a star athlete. He worked 60-plus years as a sporting goods salesman to schools and colleges in mid-Michigan, starting at Vandervoorts and ending his career at Johnny Mac Sporting Goods. Many of his customers became very dear friends, and appreciated the dedicated service they received from Bob.

Bob was a scratch golfer and avid horseman. He raised world champion Quarter Horses along with his wife, Jean, on their Okemos farm. “Papa Wolf” was an amazing father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be remembered as a dedicated family man.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean Wolf; and his son-in-law, Brian Onweller. He is survived by his children, Jodi (Greg) Sullivan, Terri Wolf, Toni (Ian) Ward, and Tom Wolf and partner Fernando Rodriques. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and special significant other, Patti Montgomery.

A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at River Terrace Church, East Lansing on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to the service. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to The American Quarter Horse Foundation, or Alzheimer’s Association, Capital Area Regional Office, 2111 University Park Dr., Suite 200, Okemos, MI  48864.

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Mike and Kathy Minardi
February 18, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Kathy and I send along on condolences to the Wolf family. Although we have never met Bob, we know his lovely daughter Jodi and we send along our thoughts and prayers. It does sound like Bob lived a full life and we are certain that his friends and family have many fond memories.

Sandy Sipes
February 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

I was an athletic secretary at Grand Ledge High School and worked with Bob for forty years and considered him a dear friend. He was an amazing man. Prayers for his friends and family.

Jim and Barb Mooney
March 24, 2019 at 7:15 am

Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We got to know he and his family when we moved to Williamston in 1962, several of his daughters babysat our kids. He was a good friend. We are so sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories. Sending lots of hugs to you.

March 24, 2019 at 7:25 am

So sorry for your loss. I was honored to know and work with Bob when I was Athletic Director at Sexton HS. He was one of those people that brought a smile to your face. We always knew we were in good hands. May he rest in peace.

Peggy & Bill Brown
March 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm

So sorry for your loss. Terri I know how had this must have been for you and your family. As you know Bill had many interactions with your father while he was working at what was originally Vandervoorts. He always enjoyed his humor. Thoughts and prayers.

Naomi & Chuck Bietau
March 26, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Naomi and I would like to express our sympathy to Bob’s family. We moved to Williamston in 1978, and Bob and Jean were our next door neighbors. We were fortunate to have them next door. They were always helpful and friendly.


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