Sparkman Funeral Home & Cremation Services

1029 South Greenville Ave, Richardson, TX


Jerry Eugene Wolfe

January 25, 1931September 30, 2019

Jerry Eugene Wolfe made his last flight as an angel on September 30 after a 3-week battle with pancreatitis, an airplane he just couldn’t land. Born and raised in Dallas, Jerry was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and SMU, where he proudly declared he crammed four years into five. It was there that he perfected his poker playing skills in the Delta Chi fraternity house. After a stint in the Air Force, he came back to Dallas to begin his career with Braniff Airways, retiring as a captain. Flying was his passion and he commanded everything from an Electra to a 747. He was also an astute businessman and built several successful ventures during his lifetime. Jerry was a consummate figure at Canyon Creek Country Club, as both a golfer and a fixture in the card room, AKA Adult Day Care.

At the same time, he loved to fish and spent hours on the water across Texas. Wolfie to his friends, he loved a good game of gin rummy, crossword puzzles, Jeopardy and any other mind sharpening activity, although he never managed to fully tackle his iPhone! His completed crossword puzzles were especially amusing as the man couldn’t spell “shirt.”

Always outgoing, he collected people and had a wide swath of friends from elementary school until now. The catch of his life, however, was his wife Shirley, the family they created together and the friends they shared. Their time was a treasure and usually spent playing dominoes, cards or telling stories, and always over a good meal

In addition to Shirley, he was loving, constant “Old Pal Dad” to his four children Ken, Bruce, Kim, and Wendy; and dear, fun “Paw Paw” to his six grandchildren, Matthew, Joey, Michael, Carrie, Kirby and Shelby, and three great grandchildren, Liya, Wyatt and Jed. His memory, and his inability to match his pants and shirt, will leave a lasting legacy.

A celebration of life is planned for October 12, 1:00-3:00, at Canyon Creek Country Club, 625 West Lookout, Richardson, TX. Per Jerry’s specific request, attire is casual! In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the American Junior Golf Association, ACE grant program, which provides financial support to underprivileged young golfers, or the charity of your choice.


  • wife: Shirley

    four children Ken, Bruce, Kim, and Wendy

    six grandchildren, Matthew, Joey, Michael, Carrie, Kirby and Shelby

    three great grandchildren, Liya, Wyatt and Jed.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019


Jerry Eugene Wolfe

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