In Loving

Philip Wolf

June 21, 1935 – March 15, 2021

Philip Wolf,  an inspirational father, marketer, poet, engineer, and entrepreneur died at his home in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday, March 15, 2021.   He was 85.

Born to Leonora and Philip Wolf of Wilmette, Illinois, in 1935, he rose to notoriety at Purdue University as the editor of the Purdue Exponent.   He built a career at Hewlett Packard before moving his young family to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he held corporate executive positions prior to starting his own distribution company for a health science manufacturer with his wife Betty Wolf.  As a man after God’s heart, he was an inspiration to those he helped through charitable giving abroad and with Calvary Church.  Known as a man always smiling, he brought joy and enthusiasm to all who crossed his path.   He and Betty traveled the world together with their work and passions.  Whether supporting orphanages in India or food relief in Africa, his heart was enormous and inspired a myriad of friends and colleagues.  In his leisure time, you would have found him working a crossword puzzle, trading on the stock market, or enjoying the outdoors.

He will be missed by those surviving him: wife Betty Wolf; son David and wife Joy all of Richmond, VA; son John of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren Lilian and Maxwell; sisters Cathy Schadt of Durango, CO and Cari Marquardt of Webster, WI.

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A viewing will be held at 10 am Monday, March 22 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1925 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23220 with a live-streamed service to follow at 11 am.

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