Stephen Emory Wolfe

February 26, 1938 ‒ March 07, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Stephen Emory Wolfe, 80, of Delaware, passed at home peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 7, 2018 after an 11 year illness with Alzheimer’s.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kristine Adams-Wolfe and children, Steve(Vicki) of W. Mansfield, Jeffrey (Kathy) of W. Liberty, Kathy Wolfe of Worthington, step-children, Steven J. Adams (Kristi) of Wausau, Wisconsin and Stephanie (Daniel) Ward of Marion, Ohio, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, Mother-in-law, Ruth Sizemore Speese, brother  and sister in laws, nieces and nephews.  Stephen was preceded in death by his first wife, Sara and parents, Ernest and Alice (Jones) Wolfe.

Stephen was born February 26, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio to Ernest and Alice (Jones) Wolfe. He graduated in 1956 from Columbus North H.S. and from OSU in 1961 as a Landscape Architect.

He began his career as the head designer for The Charles T. Main Inc., Columbus office, designing various projects for the Mosquito Creek Reservoir Marina and Beach area, Dillon Dam Recreation and Camping Site projects and did the topography work for the master plan development on Salt Fork State Park.

In 1963 Stephen began working for The Ohio Department of Transportation, as the District Six Landscape Architect.  He held that position for 17 years assisting with the implementation and designing of the Roadside Rest stops.  Stephen was considered an authority on erosion control methods and procedures.  He used his gift of Landscape design on various beautification projects in Central Ohio.  He was especially known for designing beautiful floral displays at the transportation building on the Ohio State Fair grounds.

In 1978, he began his career with the Ohio Historical Society.  He served as the society’s Landscape Architect developing architectural /engineering plans and specification of capital improvement projects for the Society’s state wide system of historical sites and museums.  He retired in 1992 as the Manager of the Site Operations Department supervising the operations of the historic site system.

During retirement, he continued his passion for landscape design as a private consultant.  He enjoyed re designing floral tee beds for Bent Tree Golf Club, and private residences.

Stephen was very artistic.  His enjoyed watercolor painting, writing beautiful poetry, singing in his church choirs   (North Baptist) and Liberty Presbyterian Church where he and his wife are members.  He was a pitcher for a men’s softball team.  He enjoyed coaching his daughter’s softball team and watching his granddaughter Sara pitch during her high school years.  He was a past ODOT bowling league champion.  He and his wife, Kristine, enjoyed traveling to the many wonderful Ohio State Parks and Historical sites hiking and enjoying God’s beautiful landscapes.  His favorite vacation spot was Hawaii. He was happiest digging in the dirt, planting a garden, growing vegetables and beautiful flowers. Until Alzheimer’s robbed him of his memory and health, he would spend quiet time with his wife, tending his church’s “Pathway to the Son garden.”   He felt closest to God in the garden.

Accepting Christ as his Savior at age 14, Stephen will be remembered as a kind gentle man who never spoke and unkind word.  He passed into the arms of his Savior the way he lived his life, lovingly and peacefully.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, March 30, 11 A.M. at his church; Liberty Presbyterian Church located at 7080 Olentangy River Road, Delaware, Ohio.  Pastor John Hart will be officiating the Celebration of Life Service.   All are invited to a luncheon reception following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in his memory to the Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association, Willow Brooks Heritage Adult Day Care, or Liberty Presbyterian Church Stephen’s Ministry Fund.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Dear Kristine, what a gentle giant you had in your life. Reading about him made me wish I had known him earlier in his life while he added so much beauty to the lives all around him. Please let me know if I can be of any help with your mother while you are grieving your loss – but celebrating Stephen’s gain on the streets of gold in the presence of his Savior.
    Carol Tolson

  • Family of Steve,
    I met Steve when I started work at ODOT in 1974…although I did not work with him directly, he was always very friendly & helpful if I needed any questions answered involving my duties in the construction department. I didn’t know Steve’s immediate family, but I did meet you, Kristine, when you came to work at ODOT in construction so we did work together for a short time in the construction office in the old building…guess I’m revealing my old age…oops. I’m glad to have known Steve for the brief times we shared in our work related journey, but I’m really Blessed to know he has moved on to be with our Heavenly Father. Kristine, my prayer is for Jesus to wrap His arms around you & the family with comfort & peace.
    Sandi Dinovo