“Dennis had a passion for life and a love for others,” said a close friend, Alan Olsen. “We met in the early 1990’s when he organized the Fremont Ducks for Bucks race as a member of the Fremont Kiwanis Club. When he set his sight on a goal, no obstacle would stop him. I was so impressed with his leadership skills. He got the whole community involved. Ducks for Bucks has raised thousands of dollars for community charities during the last twenty years.”
Wolfe and Olsen attended the World Congress of Families in Geneva, Switzerland in 1999. There, along with delegates from seventy other countries, they helped draft a charter on the importance of the natural family as the fundamental unit of society, which was presented to the United Nations.
“Although Dennis never had children of his own, my kids accepted him as a fatherly figure,” recalled Olsen. “He would take them to ball games, give them advice on career choices, and encourage them to do their best in life.”
Wolfe enjoyed inventing things and starting businesses. Because of his love of music, he founded Ossum Possum Records in 1990. He later wrote that the company’s achievements were “ossum indeed!” He sold it to a longtime friend, Kevin Casey, who posted a Facebook comment, ” A very sad day as news has been confirmed
For a short time he co-hosted a local TV show called “Covalt and Wolfe…due to technical difficulties” which discussed hot political issues at local, state and national levels. After Covalt’s death, Wolfe had a radio show. In 2007 he published a book, “The Sick Solution – A Prescription for National Health.” He was a gifted writer and recently had outlined and begun to write a political novel.
“Dennis had a big heart,” observed a friend, Tim Gavin, “He had lots of great ideas. His death is a reminder that all the big issues in life are not going to be solved our lifetimes.”
Wolfe is survived by his wife, Noriko, his stepdaughter, Lydia Miles, her children, Mio Cecelia and Regina Cecelia and by his stepfather, Walter Penkor.
Written by Lila Bringhurst
November 21, 2014