OBITUARY

Michael William Wolber

June 6, 1952June 1, 2019
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Michael William Wolber, a retired aviator and devout Catholic, passed from this earthly life on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He was surrounded by his beloved wife and family, who together humbly entrusted him into the hands of our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

Mike was born on June 6, 1952 in Salinas, California. During his childhood years, he moved with his family to Alaska and then to Indonesia. In 1966, when his family moved to Libya, Mike moved back to the States to attend boarding school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. After graduating from Bellarmine in 1970, Mike attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC. He graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF) in January 1976 and graduated from pilot training in 1977. During his 14+ years in the Air Force, Mike flew many planes, including the T-33 T-Bird, F-106 Delta Dart, T-38 Talon and the F-15 Eagle. He was stationed in and deployed to many parts of the world, proudly serving his country, and was honorably discharged in June 1990.

Following his service in the USAF, he and his family moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) metroplex where he began flying for Delta Air Lines. In his 27 years with the airlines, he was based in DFW from 1990 to 2007, and Atlanta from 2007 until his retirement in June 2017.

Mike loved life and lived it to the fullest, going from team roping in his younger years to backpacking with his sons Garth, Kurt and Pete in the Sierras and the Rockies. He was a Boy Scout leader, baseball coach, Little League umpire, docent at the Japanese Botanical Gardens in Ft. Worth, and a member of the American Legion Post 82 in Ellijay, GA. Other hobbies included model railroading, competition shooting, and especially riding Harleys and traveling with the love of his life, his bride and best friend, Denise of 40 years.

But all throughout his life, his faith in and devotion to God was of utmost importance to him and to who he was. He was very active in the church (Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, GA) where he volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul society and served on the Parish Council. His strong and enduring faith was the greatest gift he bestowed upon his family.

Mike was predeceased by his father, B.W. “Pete” Wolber, and his sister, Susan Martin who passed away in July 2018. He is survived by his devoted wife, Denise; three sons and daughters-in-law Garth Wolber (Kristy) of Colleyville, TX, Kurt Wolber (Katie) of Dallas, TX, and Peter Wolber (Noelle) of Ramstein AB, Germany; loving mother, Madilyn Wolber of Salinas, CA; granddaughters Rylee, Reagan and Reese Wolber; grandson Garrett Wolber; sister, Brenda Wolber of Carmel, CA; many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his most trusted, loyal friend, Lawrence J. O’Neill.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 11 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, TX (Rosary at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m.). He will be interred with military honors at 2:00 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. There will also be a visitation on Monday, June 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home in Dallas, TX.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation through the link below.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Garth W. Wolber
  • Kurt M. Wolber
  • Peter L. Wolber
  • J. David Martin
  • Jeff Howarth
  • Edward Arcand, Capt. USN Ret

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Jeff Kline

June 23, 2019

Mike, it was always a pleasure to be with you and Denise. You helped me along in my tragic times by just being there and listening. I'll never forget that. It was an honour for me to have you as a friend. God bless you.

Desmond Cassidy

June 21, 2019

A pal..a friend..a guiding light..Mike you were so much more to me than you can imagine.
You helped me though my darkest days, you celebrated with me on those halcyon days where we seemingly hadn't a care in the world.
You provided me with spiritual guidance when least expected but gratefully received,,,
Your honesty, devotement to family, loyalty to friends and wit set you soaring on the barometer scale of goodness.
I am going to miss you so much pal...

Denise, Garth, Kurt and Pete I am so sorry Mike has passed on to the next life...we must be strong now,,,

God Bless, from Desmond and Dave and Jeff in Mike's little town in Bavaria...

F-15C Missing Man Formation Flyover

June 13, 2019

Sherrie Winstead

June 12, 2019

Denise, my dear friend & Legion sister,
It doesn't seem enough to say I'm sorry for your loss; that goes without saying. Mike was such a good man. He was always so nice to me. The memory that sticks out in my mind is that day at the Cristeros festival when you & him appeared on motorcycles & joined me in line wearing all black leather, LOL, it makes me smile & if I can find the pic I took I will post it.
I have a couple of prayers I would like to share with you. Hopefully they will give you & your family some comfort:
Prayer After Death of Loved One

Saints of God, come to his/her aid!
Come to meet him/her, angels of the Lord!
R. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

May Christ, Who called you, take you to Himself;
may angels lead you to Abraham's side.
R. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may Your light shine upon him/her forever.
R. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

Let us pray: We commend our brother (sister) N. to you, Lord.
Now that he/she has passed from this life,
may he/she live on in Your presence.
In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he/she may have committed through human weakness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Deceased Person and for Mourners:
Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. Listen to our prayers; look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister. Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.
By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You; do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live .
Love & Blessings to you,
Sherrie

Larry O’Neill

June 12, 2019

A brotherhood of steel

Dave (Coach) & Dorothy Sammons

June 11, 2019

We are truly devastated at the loss of this great man.

Our prayers are with the entire Wolber family and friends whose lives were touched by knowing him.

His legacy will live on in the three amazing sons he and Denise raised. He will be missed greatly.

Randy Getz

June 10, 2019

Sorry for your loss.

Mike and I went through F-106 school at Tyndall AFB. He was a great guy and a lot of fun. We crossed paths years later at the layover hotel in Grand Rapids MI when he wad flying for Delta and I for Northwest.

He will be missed.

Walter Morawa

June 10, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and the Wolber family. He's a man that it was so much fun to be with. Always full of good words he is now with the Lord. A salute to you up there my friend. Love. Walt and Janet Morawa

Garth Wolber

June 10, 2019

Rick Staples

June 10, 2019