Milton Woolf, 93, of Uvalde died on Jan. 13, 2020, at home with his wife, family and treasured pet dogs by his side after months of failing health.
A funeral service will be held today at 10 a.m. at Baptist Temple Church, 620 E. Main St., with a graveside service following at the Masonic Cemetery on West Second Street in Del Rio at 3 p.m. The family received visitors from 2-8 p.m. yesterday at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
He was born on April 8, 1926, in Del Rio to Ida (Eckels) and Fred Woolf.
He was raised on the family farm. As a child and young man, he learned the value of working hard by taking on several jobs, including a paper route, movie theater projectionist and funeral home attendant to support his family.
He joined the United States Navy in 1944 and spent his enlistment stationed in and around the Philippine island area until the end of World War II.
After discharge from the Navy, he returned home to Del Rio.
In the fall of 1946, he was one of the first group of students to register and attend classes at the newly-opened Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. He soon met Jerri Willis, whom he regarded as the love of his life, of Uvalde.
They married on Aug. 16, 1947, and made their home in Uvalde.
They happily spent the next 72 years together and raised two children, Jo Beth and Roger. He owned and operated Woolf Electric Services, where he spent the rest of his life working as an electrical contractor.
He served the community as a 70-year member of the Uvalde Masonic Lodge, a life member of the Shriners, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.
He was also a founding member of Baptist Temple Church and enjoyed many years as a member of the Uvalde Honey Bees square dance club.
He was passionate about his family, the masonic lodge, and tending to the fruit trees and grapevines he grew in his backyard. He enjoyed sitting on his back porch and watching his cows and deer and other wildlife.
The family said he also loved spending time hunting and fishing, because the phone didn’t ring in the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, of Uvalde; daughter Jo Beth Warren and husband, Jerome, of Uvalde; son, Roger Woolf of Uvalde; four grandchildren, David Warren and wife, Brandy, of Lexington; Jason Woolf and wife, Lauren, of Marion, Brian Woolf of Uvalde, and Cari Dugan and husband, Cory, of Arlington; numerous great-grandchildren, whom he loved to take for lawn mower rides around the yard at his residence; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and good friends; and dogs, Baby and Coco.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Russell Woolf; and daughter-in-law, Julie Woolf.
Memorial contributions may be presented to the Uvalde Masonic Lodge, 239 Leona Road, or Baptist Temple Church, 620 E. Main St.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com