Karl A. Wolf, 94, died Sunday August 4, 2019 at home in Moore, Oklahoma following a brief illness. He was born September 11, 1924 in New York, New York to German immigrants Adolph G. and Elise Braun Wolf. Karl was their only child.
Upon graduation from Buffalo Technical High School in 1942, Karl enlisted in the Army as an aviation cadet and served until 1945, having completed 24 combat missions over Germany as pilot of B-17 bombers, specializing in high altitude precision bombing of strategic targets. In 1950 he graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and immediately gained employment with Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he was in management until his retirement in 1980. His positions were in Buffalo NY, Pittsburgh PA, Staunton VA, and finally in Norman OK. Karl was on the team that was instrumental in site selection and construction of the Norman Westinghouse facility in 1971. Following retirement from Westinghouse, he worked for Baker Oil Tools in Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Claremore, all while maintaining a family residence in Norman. He stopped working when his wife Betty became ill.
Karl had married his high school sweetheart, Betty Mae Austin on June 1, 1946 and she died on August 19, 2003. On November 13, 2004, Karl married Doris Howard of Moore, Oklahoma and was at her side as well when she died on June 20, 2013. Karl’s abiding lifetime interests were golf, investing and learning about advances in technology and human nutrition. He was a past member of the Oklahoma City Computer Club. Other passions over his lifetime were square dancing, beer-making, treasure hunting and bowling. He owned and flew a Beechcraft Bonanza for several years. He purchased a motor home and he and wife Doris enjoyed travel in it until her illness interrupted. After Doris died, Karl and daughter Karen logged thousands of miles in his Nissan Maxima seeing the United States. In later and more sedentary years, he subscribed to and read three newspapers every day.
He was preceded in death by his son Eric Karl Wolf, who died in a hit-and-run accident in Norman in 1996 at the age of 42. He is survived by his daughter Karen Wolf and her husband Kevin White of Woodbridge, Virginia, nephew by marriage Ken Kizer and his wife Vivian, stepson Gary Howard and his wife Claudia and stepson David Howard. Extended family who survive Karl include many step-grandchildren: Sarah Cline and husband Brandon, Joshua Howard and wife Stacy, Dakota Pollock, Laramie Jordan, Shane Watson, Marty Raines and husband Shane, and David Watson and wife Kelie. There are nine living step-great-grandchildren and an abundance of friends and neighbors with whom he dined and visited and shared stories until the end of his life. He was kind and fair and his ready smile will be greatly missed.
At Karl’s request, there will be no services held.
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