Claremore Daily Progress


September 21, 2013

James E. Wolfe


James E. Wolfe was the first born of John and Lila Wolfe in 1923. The next year his beloved sister Rena was born and the two enjoyed an idyllic childhood with extended family in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  With great support from his Mother he enjoyed Boy Scouting, attending the first BSA Jamboree in 1937. 

Jim loved time spent in the family cabin overlooking Grand River, summer vacations with his Mother and her sister Rena in the Colorado mountains, and helping on the farm north of Collinsville which was established by his father in 1926. Jim attended Eliot Elementary, Wilson Junior High, and graduated from Central High, all in Tulsa. The highlight of high school was playing the tuba in the all-male marching band with his best friend Bill Bearden who played the piccolo. He loved bumping into classmates the rest of his life and would get reacquainted with “I don’t remember your name, but we went to school together.”

Two of his most life changing events came in quick succession - his mother died in 1941 at the end of his senior year as he was preparing to attend Oklahoma A&M (OSU). The second was his 1942 enlistment in the war effort.  His enlistment group finished their semester bivouacked in a Stillwater firehouse and was known as the “Firehouse Gang” throughout their years of reunions. Jim shipped to Europe on the Queen Elizabeth and joined the 5th Division in France serving as half of a machine gun team before, during and after the Battle of the Bulge. 
He was wounded in March 1945 when a German 88 mm shell exploded a building his patrol was in, resulting in shrapnel burns from head to toe. He spent seven weeks recovering in a French hospital earning the Purple Heart for his injuries. After his discharge he rarely talked about his service experience until he was in his 80’s.

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  • Lois Whorton

    Services for Lois Whorton will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel; burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15, from 1-8 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 5-8 p.m.

    April 15, 2014

  • Jean Noreen Young

    Jean Noreen Young was born in 1938 in Defiance County, Ohio.
    She is the daughter of Fred and Ida Cook Birchmeier. She spent her early life traveling, as her dad worked on the pipeline construction projects. She was in the 4th grade when her family bought a farm in Emporia, Kan.

    April 15, 2014

  • Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr.

    A celebration of the life of Kenneth Wayne DeLozier, Sr., will be 10 a.m., Wed., April 16, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Chelsea. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Chelsea Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Visitation will be Monday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home.

    April 12, 2014

  • Betty Whitfield

    Graveside service for Betty Whitfield will be 2:00p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens, under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Bro. Sam Nichols will officiate.  Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, from 4—6.  Betty passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the age of 84.

    April 12, 2014

  • James “Jimmy” Doolittle

    Memorial service  for James “Jimmy”  Doolittle will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Chelsea High School Gymnasium.

    April 11, 2014

  • Johnny G. McClure

    Graveside service for Johnny G. McClure will be 10:30a.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Chelsea Cemetery, under the direction of Chelsea Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Friday, April 11, from 4-6 p.m.  Johnny passed away on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the age of 71.

    April 11, 2014

  • George Daniels

    A celebration of the life of George Daniels will be today, at 2 p.m., at Rehoboth Baptist Church.

    April 9, 2014

  • Marion “Buddy” Robertson, Sr.

    A mass of Christian burial for Marion “Buddy” Robertson, Sr. will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church with Father Paul Eichoff officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service.  Visitation will be Friday from 3-7 with a wake and prayer vigil at 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service.   Family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the prayer service.

    April 4, 2014

  • Mary Nell Gray

    Memorial service for Mary Nell Gray (Gilbert-Overstreet) will be 1 p.m., Fri., April 4, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Lonnie Sanders officiating.

    April 4, 2014

  • Donald Gene Dennis

    Memorial service for Donald Gene Dennis will be 11 a.m., Sat., April 5, at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
    Don passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at his home at the age of 78.

    April 4, 2014