July 8, 2016

Robert C. “Gramps” Wolfe

Wolfe, Robert

Robert C. “Gramps” Wolfe, age 89, of Lincoln passed away July 7, 2016. Born April 22, 1927 at home on 2815 P St., Lincoln NE to Clarence and Freda (Schurk) Wolfe.  Graduate of Lincoln High School and served in the US Navy 1944 – 1947.  Moved to California with wife Mary and a young daughter in 1949. Started the West Covina, CA fire station as a volunteer and ended as a Battalion Fire chief in 1964 where he then moved his family back to Lincoln.  A man of many talents with a few being an electrician, plumber and mail carrier.  His main career as a business owner of Beltone Hearing Aid Center, Lincoln, NE for 17 years and then at the age of 56 in his retirement he bought a small hardware store in Havelock. As a pillar in the community he continued to be actively involved in Wolfe Ace Hardware stores day to day business up until his passing. Today it continues to run as a 4 generations store.  Awarded the 50 year member of the American Legion Post #13 for his longtime and dedicated service.  Loved by all as a father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.  As a friend and mentor to many he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his sister, Janice Bowman of California; Brothers and sister-in-law, Bud and Elsie Bennett of Oklahoma, John Bennett of Florida.  His children, Linda (Ed) Diaz, Dave (Jackie) Wolfe, Sondra (Ron) Tresnak, Judy (Mark) Weaver and Mary (Mike) Edwards.  Grandchildren, Mark Neal, Marcella and Matt Boehnke, Jason and Lynnette Wolfe, Jeff and Nikki Wolfe, Jamison and Jody Wolfe, Joyce and Mike Walton, Adam and Shana Grell, Angie and Joe Clapper, Andrea Grell and Nate Ross, Max Tresnak, Aaron and Kristi Weaver, Jenni and Derek Engelbart, Austin and Elyse Weaver, Andrew and Erin Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan, Bryan and Austin Farley.  33 Great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by wife Mary Ruth (Bennett) Wolfe, sister Betty Sinner.

Private family services.  Interment Wyuka Cemetery.

A celebration of life will be held at the Isles Reception Hall, 6232 Havelock Ave.  on Wednesday, July 13th from 3:00-6:00 P.M.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 12th at Wyuka Funeral Home from 4:00-8:00 P.M. with the family greeting friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Memorials to Tabitha or Lincoln-Lancaster Habitat for Humanity.


  1. Our prayers goes out to the families of Bob Wolfe. I’ve know Bob for long time when he had business with Beltone Hearing Center when both him & his wife & Dave work there. Then went over to hardware store in Havelock & see them off & on. He is one of the nicest guy that anyone ever want to meet. But sure will miss him very much & almost like a part of family.

  2. “Another Lincoln High Job Well Done.”

  3. Our thoughts are with you at these times.

  4. Havelock just won’t be the same now that Bob has passed. He touched so many people’s lives at the hardware store and his personal interactions with his customers will be greatly missed. Truly one of a kind. RIP Bob.

  5. We hope that all of your wonderful memories and stories of Bob’s long life help to bring you comfort. Our condolences, Mary and Don

    • Hello,
      Thanks you for your kind words. It won’t be the same without my Dad “Gramps”:( So glad you both got to meet him. Maybe see you on the lake sometime this summer?

  6. Gramps will forever be missed. He made such an impact on my life. My mom would always take me to the hardware store with her to see Gramps, and now the hardware store will never be the same.

  7. Your “Gramps” and my “Gramps” both knew each other! My grandfather was Glenn Gordon, worked at Arnold’s and Uniservice, and my Grandma Joyce’s sister was Jean Carlton, wife of Mo at Carlton Shoe Store. I also live in Havelock now. Bob was always very helpful to me, gave me great ideas and advice, and also enjoyed hearing all of my house renovation stories. He was so happy for me when he saw that I won the furnace on TV. Sometimes I would come in for several small items like a couple of screws or other fasteners, he would look at me funny and tell me to just take them and leave. No one else did this for me. I am very grateful and happy to know that you also had a “Gramps” in your lives. Best Wishes to you and your Family.


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