Clinton Austin Wolf
June 5, 1924 – June 9, 2019
Clinton Austin “Wolfie” Wolf, 95 went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2019. He is survived by sister Martha Leonard, OH & was the 5th of 6 children born to Earl & Ora Wolf in Lenox, OH. His Northern kin, lovingly referred to him as Austin. His beloved wife Isabel of nearly 50 years, preceded him in death, as well as that of sisters, Helen Ross, Lois Woodruff, Edna Santana, Mary Miller & Brother Raymond Wolf. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 5 nephews and one niece. Additionally, he is survived by his adopted family Karen (Kiebler), Whitney & Zac Sopak family, some 25 years ago. At the age of 17, Wolf decided he was going to get off the farm & spent the next 12 years in the U.S. Navy achieving the rank Boilerman First Class Wolf served on numerous ships & was in both the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans during his service. He was sunk twice within 22 hours during Operation Torch of the North African campaign. First sunk was the USS Hewes AP Rescued by the USS Tasker H. Bliss that supported the troops by laying smoke screen for the Battleships. The Bliss was sunk after being struck by a German submarine’s torpedo at Fedala Bay, Morocco. He told of having a rope tossed to him from a life boat that he eagerly grabbed, only to find no one had secured the other end. They were taken ashore & spent the night in a bombed-out church with no roof watching the sights & hearing the wounds of war overhead. He also was proud to have served on the USS Missouri. Following his military service & with a big smile, that said he called home to tell his dad “sell my team of horses Dad. I’m getting married!” During his career, Wolf found work as a newspaper type setter for various papers, as well as selling advertisements for the Youngstown Vindicator in OH. He was in auctioneer business & enjoyed it immensely. Following a move to FL in the early 1960’s Wolf became the lead Type-Setter for the New York Times Newspaper, Sarasota edition. He loved to say he did It all with less than an 8th grade education! Retiring gave Clint & Izzy opportunities to fish, beach, boat, camp, garden & to ride their bicycles. They became very active in the 10th Street Baptist church then ultimately led the singing at First Baptist Church of Palmetto as well as led the Adult Sunday School class. He was so proud to have the brightest & wildest clothes and the largest class Bible class! Clint Wolf got them all fired up and that man could sing!! He transported cars for trades at Jim Boast Dodge (Izzy rode shotgun) & then for Conley Buick in Bradenton, FL. His next notoriety came from running payroll & then as the Bicycle Sales King at Ringling Bike Shop in Bradenton. He could not only sell you a bike, but would outfit everyone with the helmets, bells, pumps, gloves, satchels, baskets & just everything they needed! The space to honor this great man is limited. Not only does he live on in heaven with His Savior Jesus Christ but he has left a huge loving imprint on those of us, left behind. To honor Clinton, any flowers sent will be re-delivered following the service, to local nursing homes as he often did when cutting roses from his beautiful garden & brightening the days of the lonely. In lieu of flowers if you prefer, you are welcome to donate The Wounded Warrior Project on his behalf or to Life Without Limbs to continue to witness & share the Good News of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ through whom, all things are possible. We invite anyone attending the service to share their comments & stories about this Great Man who is already sorely missed!!
- Visitation Tuesday, June 18, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Clinton Austin Wolf
June 17, 2019
"Mr. Wolf" was a great friend and great American! The Palmetto Community will greatly miss him! I was so fortunate to meet him some 45 years ago... He had such an impact on the Varnadore Family and so many others in the community. He helped shape our beliefs over the years. To know him, was to love him. A true hero and a super man. We mourn his passing, but the impact he had on our lives, will live on in our hearts for eternity!
Kip Kiebler Coco
June 13, 2019
Kip Kiebler Coco
June 13, 2019
From humble beginnings, to a 20th birthday on an LST in the middle of the English Channel awaiting battle, to watching man on the moon, and seeing wrongs turned into rights, Wolfie saw more than most humans will ever want to see or willing to be part of. He was a significant part of our Kiebler family because he was family. He taught, advised, laughed, cried, sang, danced, and mostly loved. We celebrate his life lived. He gave far more than we. He inspired far more than we. But he taught us to give more than we receive. We will forever cherish our memories of him, but mostly of our time with him. We are better because of him and we will show that way as an honor to him. May God have mercy upon your soul. Peace be with you, Wolfie.
June 12, 2019
Clint was a great help at the bike shop. He was one of the best sales person we ever had. His old school approach to sales was brilliant and he was still able to overcome his old ways of judging diversities and treat everyone equal.
The stories that he told taught us all life lessons from his successes and failures. He was funny and true to himself. Clint you will be missed by all that knew you at the bike shop. We'll always be indebted to your service. Thank you Clint for being you.
CATHY ELIZABETH MILLER
June 11, 2019
Uncle Austin...I miss you so much. I am happy for you because I know you are where you want to be. Thank you for the love you gave and being such a great part of my life.
June 10, 2019
I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Austin. Just last Saturday, June 8, I was able to talk with him on the phone and he sounded so happy. He is with his Lord and savior now and joining other family members in Heaven. Heaven's choir has gained a wonderful voice.