E. Dean Wolford

April 10, 1927 ‒ April 17, 2005

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: E. Dean Wolford, 78, of Esley Lane, Mansfield, died Sunday afternoon April 17, 2005 in Kingston of Ashland, following a short illness.

He was born April 10, 1927 in Bloominggrove Township, Richland County to Raymond and Mary (Egner) Wolford and was graduated valedictorian from Shiloh High School in 1945.

He was not able to deliver his valedictory address, as he had enlisted in the U.S. Navy prior to commencement, and served two years.

Dean started his banking career in 1947 with the Shiloh Savings Bank. 42 years later, and through many acquisitions and bank name changes, he retired from Society Bank, N.A. in 1989 as Senior Vice President of Mortgages and Commercial Loans.

It was then that he was able to fulfill his life long dream to operate big construction equipment, by joining Lifer Excavating of Bellville, where he put his creativity to work in many facets.

In 1993 he returned to selling real estate and joined Sluss Realty, where he was a top producer: three year member of the Executive Club and a member of the President’s Club.

For more than 60 years, Dean had formerly been a member of the Shenandoah Christian Church, serving the congregation 18 of those years as treasurer. He also served as Board President, Sunday school teacher and construction manager when the church underwent a major renovation and addition.

He was more recently a member of First Christian Church in Mansfield, where he served as Chairman of the Elders 2002 ~ 2003.

Faithful in sowing seeds back into the community, Dean served on the Crestview Local School Board for six years, four of those years as its president, and was instrumental in raising the funds to secure the all weather track.

A former Little League Coach, he helped develop The Sir Louis Union Athletic Field.

Dean was a 32nd degree member of Shiloh Masonic Lodge, a member of Shelby Shriners, a former member of Mansfield Rotary, Past President and treasurer of Home Builders Association, Past President of Professional Realtors Organization, and was a Director of the Mansfield Board of Realtors, where he served as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee.

Dean excelled at examining a problem, evaluating the solution, and following through to the resolution. His sense of humor often masked his sharp tenacity, perception and dedication.

Though sharp of mind, he was equally adept with his hands, as he loved to build anything. Mechanically minded, Dean would take anything apart, and put it back together again ~ even if it didn’t need fixed.

Dean leaves a family who treasures a legacy of who he was, not what he left behind.

He is survived by his wife Joanne (Crunkilton) Wolford, whom he married January 7, 1950; their children David and Leslie Wolford of Sunbury, Jody and Dave Kunkle of Mansfield, Susan and Gil Friday of Shelby and Dan Wolford and Kim Potter of Worthington; nine grandchildren ranging in age from 29 years to 16 months: Jennifer Dunham, Adam Friday, Brian Kunkle, Jessica Henrich, Ben Friday, Jaclyn Wolford, Abbey Friday, Megan Kunkle and Luke Wolford; three sisters and two brothers-in-law Naomi and Duane Ewbank of Vermilion, Ruth Schrock of Wooster, and Janice and Paul Srnis of Amherst; a sister-in-law Carol Lifer of Bellville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 20, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The Worship Service, celebrating the life of Dean Wolford will be held Thursday at 11 am in First Christian Church, 200 West Third Street, Mansfield. The Rev. Sharon Kiesel will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to First Christian Church or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.