John Gustave Wolfshorndl

February 16, 1925December 4, 2018

John Gustave Wolfshorndl was born on February 16, 1925 in Madera, California. He passed away on December 4, 2018 surrounded by his family in Merced, California. His parents were Gustav and Elisabeth Wolfshorndl. He had one sister Betty Acree who preceded him in death earlier this year. They lived on their ranch and dairy in Chowchilla in the Dairyland District. John attended Bethel Elementary School and graduated in 1943 from Chowchilla High School.

He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in June 1943. Military training included Basic Training in Kearns, UT; Aerial Gunnery, Laredo, TX; Armorer, Lowery Field, Denver, CO; Combat Crew Training, Peterson Field, CO and Mtn. Home, ID. Final Crew Training of Aerial Mapping at Will Rogers Field, OK. Foreign service was in Gushkara, India; Chanyi, China; India-Burma; and Central Burma with the 24th Combat Mapping Squadron, mapping strategic areas 20,000 feet above terrain. The most unforgettable event of the crew was getting through anti-aircraft barrage without having a foxhole to dive into. He flew eighteen combat missions in the B-24 as a nose gunner and helped to map terrain. He served 2 ½ years.

After returning home to Chowchilla, he soon married Glenda Wisener in 1951. He is survived by his wife Glenda, three children, Roger Wolfshorndl, Susan Isaak, and Mark Wolfshorndl, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

John was a founding member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Chowchilla. He was a member of Chowchilla Red Top Soil Conservation District for 70 years, Dairyland School Board member, Minturn Almond Huller Director, American Legion and VFW member, Boys State/Girls State organizer, and a member of the Chowchilla Rural Fire Department.

John loved life. If you knew John, you knew about his generosity, devotion and love for God, family, church, friends and neighbors. He loved to farm. He had a great sense of wit that made most people smile. His family and friends will miss going fishing, hunting, playing pinochle, and attending family events with him.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Cornerstone Community Church, 208 Fig Tree Drive in Chowchilla. A graveside service with military honors is scheduled for Saturday, December 15 at 9:15 am at Chowchilla Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 am at Cornerstone Community Church, 208 Fig Tree Drive in Chowchilla. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Central Valley Honor Flight Fund c/o Central Valley Community Foundation, 5260 N. Palm, #122, Fresno, CA 93704 or Trinity Lutheran Church, Chowchilla.


  • Visitation Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 15, 2018

John Gustave Wolfshorndl

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Lorene and Dave Embree

February 9, 2019

Many memories of times we spent, both your family and ours over the years...and all the happy laughter when Johnny was around telling stories and all. Glenda you meant so much to my dear mom, Marilyn Burk, and we all considered ourselves part of that, along with your family!! May GOD comfort you and be with you all.

Kevin Hooper

December 14, 2018

Thinking of Wolf and Glenda, Susan, Roger and Mark on this day of John's memorial service, along with the rest of the family. He has left us, he is no longer here except in our memories, but where he is truly now, he has looked into the face of God, his is now immortal, never to suffer or feel sorrow or pain again, to live eternally, forever in the loving arms of the our Savior. As for Christmas, that was the reason for it; so that Jesus could come in order to fulfill the purpose that God had for Him here. And that purpose was to give us the greatest gift the earth has ever know, to give those of us who are sinners, and we all are, a path into heaven, the supreme gift of eternal life. We can not gain that admittance through 'works', we can't gain that through 'being good', we plainly can't "gain" that. We are only given that through pure grace, the grace that is given by only God, the grace that knows no bounds and knows no limits. God loves each of us in spite of ourselves and accepts us just as we are, and as such His wondrous grace is available to all. The only thing that is required of us is to just accept that wonderful gift that has already been won for us.
It accepting God's great gift, John has been placed into God's loving arms. God had a purpose for John here on earth and likewise He has a purpose for John with Him now. John has fought the good fight, he's finished his course.
To the family, may God be with with you each and everyone. And to Wolf, I am more than heartbroken to see you go, but I know you must. I love you and I miss you. But I rest in the assurance that it won't be long before I see you again.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 - 7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Barbara Schlewitz

December 10, 2018

Pastor Dan and I feel very blessed to have had Johnny as a member of our congregation, Trinity Lutheran in Chowchilla. He welcomed us from day one and was always supportive. We knew him to be a faithful, hardworking, loving friend, husband and father. God bless him in his new home with Jesus.