Thomas Edward Wolfe

November 3, 1959July 7, 2021
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November 3, 1959 – July 7, 2021

Denver, Colorado – Thomas Edward Wolfe, 61, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Porter Adventist Hospital with his wife and family by his side.

The youngest of three boys, Thomas was born in Bremen, Indiana, the son of the late Frank and Carol (French) Wolfe. The family moved to Kansas in 1973 where Thomas attended Attika High School in Attika, Kansas. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army, completing boot camp in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and in Wildflecken, Germany, until his honorable discharge in 1983. Thomas was a proud veteran and patriot who loved his country.

Thomas later moved to Colorado where in 1998 he met Sheila Gambrell; the two were married March 29, 2003, and settled in Centennial, CO.

For much of his life he worked in the manufacturing sector as a machine operator in paper, plastic, glass, and medical supply production. Most recently he was a member of the research and development team at Rocky Mountain Scientific Laboratories, a business focused on national security research and technology solutions for military and law enforcement.

Thomas enjoyed sports and especially loved the Denver Broncos and Denver Nuggets. Tracing back to his Indiana roots he was a devoted fan of Notre Dame football. Thomas loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing the lakes and streams of Colorado. He loved his pets and enjoyed spending time with them.

Thomas will be remembered for his easy-going personality, big smile, sense of humor, and generous nature. Friends and family knew they could count on him for a helping hand-- whether with moving, home maintenance, or handy-man projects such as building a loft for Sheila’s Montessori classroom.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila (Gambrell) Wolfe, his son, Dale Svendsen and his wife, Shelli, of Vancouver, WA; a brother, Fred Wolfe of Goddard, KS; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Don Wolfe.

Viewing will be held July 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Olinger Funeral, 6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at Arapaho Park in Centennial. A burial service and burial will take place July 29, 9:30 a.m., at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Thomas’s honor to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Cancer Society, or Denver Dumb Friends League.


  • Clint Chapman
  • Jeff Cheney
  • Cary Gambrell
  • Robert Gambrell
  • Jim Kline
  • Dale Svendsen


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 23, 2021


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Kim Blubaugh

July 24, 2021

I worked with Tom at Baxter.
He was one of those people you looked forward to being teamed up with, because he was an interesting conversationalist. Loved to talk with Tom. Talked about everything cats, fishing, politics, never a dull moment.
Made time at work that could be tedious pass a bit faster.
Sorry to hear about his passing.
I'm sure he is making conversation still, just somewhere else.

Rodney and Renee Dittmar

July 23, 2021

We are so sorry for the loss of Thomas. Our prayers are with you - the Dittmar family.


July 22, 2021

Thank you for being such a wonderful brother-in-law to me and uncle to our sons and grandchildren. You were a blessing to us. I appreciate all the help you gave me after Ron passed away. I could always call upon you for help and you were there! You will truly be missed. May you rest in heavenly peace with our Lord!
LaNell and Family

Eric Alexander

July 20, 2021

I worked with Tom at RMSL. He came up to me and said, "Eric, why do you always have a dirty left knee on your pants? Every single time I see you, you have a dirty left pant leg." His stories and easy nature made working that much better. Rest in peace my friend.