Walter Richard Wolff, Jr.,82, of Jenks, died on Monday, December 21, 2020. He was born in Chelsea, Oklahoma on September 9, 1938 to Walter R. Wolff, Sr. and Mildred (Atkins) Wolff. He married Rose Marie (Trickey) Wolff on April 1,1961 in Big Cabin, and she preceded him in death on September 1, 2001.
Walter graduated from Chelsea High School in 1957. He was on both the baseball and football teams. He attended NEO College and later Northeastern State University, earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. While at NEO, he was a Major in the ROTC.
Growing up he was known as “Little Walt”.
Christmas was the season he enjoyed the most. The house was filled with decorations, from his train around the Christmas tree to items that played music or moved. He loved showing you how each and every piece worked.
Walter always had a big smile and firm handshake whenever he greeted you or said goodbye, and was interested in anything you wanted to tell him.
He worked many jobs throughout his life, including driving a school bus, running the concession stand and selling tickets at ball games, working as a custodian in the summers at Jenks and working at Dillard’s in the men’s department. Primarily though, Walter worked as a school teacher. He taught US history, Oklahoma history, and driver’s education for Liberty Mounds, Bixby, and Jenks Public Schools. In 1993, he retired from Jenks High School.
He worked the concession stand with his good friends Bill Fisher and Larry Lawson.They were known as the three musketeers. While Walter counted the money, Bill and Larry did the stand opening and closing. Howard Dunn was also a very close friend of his.
Walter enjoyed watching western movies and collecting western memorabilia. He especially liked John Wayne. He would spend hours antiquing looking for just the right western item he wanted.
What he enjoyed most of all, though, was spending time with his granddaughter, Ashley. He went to all of her activities and would spend as much time doing things with her as he could.
Walter was very active in the Jenks United Methodist Church. He served as a greeter, an usher, and was highly involved with his Sunday School Class. He was always available to help out with whatever the need was. After the Oklahoma Aquarium opened in Jenks, he volunteered in the Shark Adventure exhibit for several years.
Walter is survived by his sons, Drew Wolff and wife, Karen, and Blake Wolff and wife, Vicki; his granddaughter, Ashley Wolff; his brother, Udell Wolff and wife, Nancy; many nieces and nephews, and his cousin, Naomi Lynch, who was like a sister to him.
A graveside ceremony honoring his life will be held Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Floral Haven Cemetery for immediate family. Rev. James Graham will be officiating. The service can be viewed on Bixby Funeral Service Facebook page beginning at 10:00 am.
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