Bernard Max Wolf (June 15, 2013)

November 30, 1924 ~ June 15, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
1:00-9:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa
The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Thursday, June 20, 2013
10:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
Harlan, Iowa
Burial will be in the Linden Cemetery, Rock Port, Missouri

Wife – Shirley Wolf of Harlan, IA
1 Son – Michael (Erin) Wolf of Glidden, IA
1 Daughter – Deborah (Stephen) Jurshak of Murray, IA
3 Sisters – Myrtle (Kenneth) Mapes of Omaha, NE
Clara VanCleave of Millard, NE
Dorothy Shearer of Syracuse, NE
5 Grandchildren
3 Great-grandchildren
Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Bernard Max Wolf, the son of Charles Paul and Mary Josephine (Harvey) Wolf, was born on November 30, 1924, at his parents’ home in Imlay, South Dakota, with midwife Nancy Iron Tooth attending. Bernard began attending school at age 6, riding horseback five miles to reach the school. The family later moved to Rocky Ford, South Dakota, on the White River, when a school was built there. Bernard completed first-sixth grades there before the family moved to Rock Port, Missouri, where he finished seventh and eighth grades.

When Bernard was seven, his father bought him a 22 hunting rifle, and for many years, Bernard helped feed the family using his hunting skills. In 1943, at the age of 18, he joined the United States Army and was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Here he became a member of the fledgling 17th Airborne Division; later, he joined the paratroopers, and proudly received his paratrooper and glider wings. Bernard received his honorable discharge in 1946. In March 2013, he traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he visited the few remaining friends of the 17th Airborne Division.

On February 1, 1953, Bernard married Shirley Ann King at the Chamberlain Wedding Chapel in Rock Port, Missouri. The couple had two children, Deborah Kay and Michael Paul. Bernard worked as a mechanic in construction and farm implements before owning Wolf Parts and Service in Harlan, Iowa.

Bernard was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlan. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner. Bernard’s love for family and friends molded him into a remarkable person, and he will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. “Until we meet again.”

Bernard M. Wolf died on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa, having reached the age of 88 years, 6 months, and 16 days.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth Kirk and Verna Vette; and one infant brother, Charles Wolf. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley Wolf of Harlan, Iowa; one son, Michael (Erin) Wolf of Glidden, Iowa; one daughter, Deborah (Stephen) Jurshak of Murray, Iowa; three sisters, Myrtle (Kenneth) Mapes of Omaha, Nebraska, Clara VanCleave of Millard, Nebraska, and Dorothy Shearer of Syracuse, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Aaron (Elizabeth) Wolf, Adam (Gina) Wolf, Kristin (Tim) Allen, Elizabeth (Andrew) Ray and Mona Jurshak; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Darwin Moore officiating. Sandy Carroll was the organist, and Lee Nelson served as the soloist. Honorary casket bearers were Brenda Lutz, Steve Ellenwood, John Tyner, Gary Jorgensen, Alfred Olson, and Kenneth Mapes. Active bearers were Aaron Wolf, Richard Jorgensen, Adam Wolf, Rodney Mapes, Marvin Kelly Lutz, and William P. Lutz. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Harlan, Iowa, or Omaha Home for Boys, Omaha, Nebraska. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at


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13 Responses to Bernard Max Wolf (June 15, 2013)

  1. Isaac Epps says:

    Thanks Jeff–what a beautiful and gentle-man

  2. Jeff Schumacher says:

    It’s now been another 2 years since Bernard’s passing, but wanted to let any family or friends who might read this know that we remember him fondly, and always, and wish for you many fond memories to cherish.

  3. Mhyrtle Wolf Mapes says:

    Here I set to day at my computer, August 8, 2015, 2 years after Bernards death, it is not any easyer to day then 2 years ago, I still miss him very much.
    Shirley you where such a good care taker, a wonderful sister-in-law, and a good wife to Bernard. I’m glad you got to spend 60 years together.
    All my love

  4. Mick Stinchcomb (Hq. 680th GFA , 17TH A/B Div, ) says:

    Shirley -SO sorry of Bernie’s passing ,h e will be sincerely missed . So happy to have seen him and talked with him at the Lancaster reunion . God Bless you and your family . —– My love and Prayers —- Mick Stinchcomb

  5. Isaac Epps says:

    On behalf of the Scions of the 17th Airborne and the 17th Family; may I say that we are saddened to hear of the passing of Trooper Wolf. Getting to spend time with him and Shirley at our reunions holds treasured memories–His smile and spirit was inviting; and we will miss him. May God’s Healing Hand be on Shirley and his family as they grieve together now. Shirley, your 17th Family is with you.

  6. Edward J. Siergiej says:

    On behalf of our now dissolved 17th Airborne Division Association may we say farewell to a distinguished and valued comrade. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and family during this difficult period.

  7. Edward J. Siergiej says:

    On behalf of our now dissolved 17th Airborne Division Association may we say farewell to a distinguished and valued comrade. Our thoughts are with Shirley and family during this difficult period.

    Edward J. Siergiej
    Dowling Park, Florida

  8. Jim Briggs says:

    Shirley, Mike & Deb…..At a loss of words! What can I say, but sorry for your loss, enjoy, cherish your memories, God Bless You

  9. Shirley Mapes says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Bernard. I know how much he will be missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Shirley, and all your family and friends.

  10. sharon and Dave schwartz says:

    Shirley and family, we were in Wisconsin when we heard about Bernard. We were so saddened to hear about this. Dave and I always enjoyed our visits with You and Bernard. He was a very kind man always had a smile for eveybody he talk to. May the Lord comfort all of you today and the days ahead.

    Love, Dave and Sharon Schwartz

  11. Gene kerr says:

    Shirley and family. Words can not tell you how I feel for your loss…May God be with you.

  12. TWILA says:

    I wish I could of spent more time with you, but when we did get to visit it was terrific, I love you and will miss you and one day we will see each other again. You are blessed and extremely loved.

  13. elizabeth ann wolf says:

    So sorry for a great loss…he is now with another great manin heaven with no pain..and I know he will be just waiting toll him and grandma meet agian he is smileing down on us.He Was a hero and a great dad and a great grandpa and just a gental man all around …u will be missed grandpa bernie but always loved …….i have had the pleasure of knowing u .may u rest in peice .

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