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David A. Wolf
April 18, 1947 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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David A. Wolf, 76, of Altoona and formerly of Wellsville passed away peacefully into heaven surrounded by his loved ones on Monday, October 23, 2023, at the U.P.M.C. West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg.
He was born April 18, 1947, in Shamokin the son of the late George L. and Pearl R. (Deppen) Wolf.
Dave is survived by his loving wife Karen D. (Hoffman) Wolf; one son, David P. Wolf and his wife Pam of Campbelltown; one daughter, Autumn L. Wolf of Overland Park, KS; one step-son, Andrew L. Newhouse and his wife Yolanda of Winston-Salem, NC; three grandchildren, Matt, Michaela, Faith and one step-grandchild, Malcolm; his mother-in-law, Kay D. Wilson of Harrisburg; and a brother Brian.
Dave has been an outdoor writer/photographer for over 5 decades…He has published five books, and another one is almost ready for the printer…He owned a hunting and fishing lodge in Potter County, and afterwards became the media relations director for the PA Fish Commission…He had his own newspaper in the ‘70’s, and has written for Outdoor Magazines, been the weekly columnist for many newspapers in central PA, most recently for the Dillsburg Banner and The Endeavor (which covers Cameron and Potter counties), he was proud to have been inducted into Lifetime Membership in the PA Outdoor Writers Assoc. Over his long writing career Dave won well over thirty awards for his writing, and also for his beautiful wildlife photography.
He was a true lover of everything in our natural environment, and was constantly striving to conserve and protect those gifts of nature for future generations. Dave and his wife, Karen, were an incredible team…They went everywhere together, photographing the elk in the PA Wilds, visiting practically every state park in central PA, and spending much time in their “Happy Place,” The Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains! In fact, they loved the are so much that they were married in Shenandoah National Park. Barely two weeks ago they had gone there to celebrate their Oct 1st Anniversary, and they returned with memories that will now need to last a lifetime for Karen. Dave had fought stage four lung cancer for five years, and they felt blessed to have had these precious years together… unfortunately, Dave came down with a respiratory virus, and even though he had all his COVID vaccines, this was not that dreaded virus? It was RSV that caused him to leave us in a few short days! The medical team did everything possible, but with his compromised immune system, it was too much. Please know how very much he loved his family, and how much he will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Services will be held Friday, October 27, 2023, at 2:00 pm in the Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc., 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg. A viewing will be held Friday from 1-2 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be held in the Dillsburg Cemetery-Golf Course Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 641, Dillsburg, PA 17019 or Hunters Sharing the Harvest, 218 Vernon Road, Greenville, PA 16125.