Hermit Benjamin Wolfe, 94, a resident of Jimtown, departed this life early Thursday morning, Jan. 31, 2013, in Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins.
He was born Friday, Aug. 16, 1918, at Hemlock, to the late Ephraim and Naomi Zirkle Wolfe.
He was married to the former Mary Lorraine Elmore, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Benjamin Wolfe and wife, Patricia, and Roger Lee Wolfe and wife, Wanda, all of Warren, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tammy Dalrymple and husband, Walt, the Rev. Kennith Wolfe Jr.,and wife, Marlene, Jeffery Wolfe and Kim Schoonover; six great-grandchildren, Amanda, Renden, Logan and Marshall Wolfe, Alex Bronsen and Valerie Dalrymple; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death were four sisters, three brothers, four stepsisters and two stepbrothers.
Hermit served in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a young man at Glady and was a proud Veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during World War II in the European Campaign in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany with the 40th Engineers. He was a United Mine Worker's of America worker for 27 years in the mines of Randolph County and was a construction worker, working for the labor union of Clarksburg for 15 years. He also worked for Home Hardware of Elkins for many years.
He was a person who loved to talk and never met a stranger. He was an avid gardener who loved his potato patch, loved to hunt and fish and greatly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Monday, Feb. 4, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. John Frum, a nephew of Hermit, will officiate, and interment will follow in Phillips Cemetery at Jimtown, where the H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Phillips Chapel Church and Cemetery Fund. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Hermit Benjamin Wolfe. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.