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Daniel J. Wolfe, age 85, of Bellevue, Iowa and formerly of Green Island, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 2:15 p.m., on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Mill Valley Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Daniel's life, private family services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. To celebrate Daniel's life family may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Daniel was born on October 4, 1931, in Prairieburg, Iowa, son of Clarence and Martha (McNally) Wolfe.

Daniel treasured his childhood and the opportunity to grow up right here in God's country during some of the most honest, hard-working and honorable days in our nation's history. He would proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return home, Daniel would meet, and eventually marry the love of his life, Margaret Wells, on May 29, 1958, at St. Martin's Church in Cascade. They were truly blessed with 58 wonderful years, and 3 boys, together. Daniel was a farmer at heart and would earnestly devote over 40 years of his life to working the land, tending to the livestock and producing many years of bountiful harvest after investing countless hours of determination, knowledge and sweat. He would also give 10 years of his time to the Energy Company in Monticello, and another 29 years to John Deere Dubuque Works, before finally retiring in 1987. Daniel clearly understood the value of work, but he also appreciated balance in life and would willingly embrace recreational downtime as well. Generally content to be in the outdoors, Daniel would patiently sit in his tree stand, routinely cast his baited line in hopes the fish were biting that day, or even spend the afternoon watching the dust getting kicked up at a horse show. He also thoroughly enjoyed traveling to capture new sights and experiences, or a weekend relaxing with family and friends around the camp site. Let it be known that Daniel was an avid San Antonio Spurs fan, as well as a convenient fan of the day against any football team his boys were rooting for; affectionately earning him the nickname "Grumpy". But at the end of the day, Daniel's family was absolutely his pride and joy and he unwaveringly carried his torch high through his shining example of what a good husband, father and grandfather should be. We will miss Daniel deeply, but thankfully we have the memories of a good and decent man to carry us through until we see him again in his eternally comfortable baseball cap and a continually perfectly chilled Pepsi in hand. We love you Daniel and we thank you for the wonderful legacy you leave behind. God Bless You Our Dear Daniel!

Those left to cherish Daniel's memory include

his loving wife,
Margaret Wolfe, Bellevue, IA;

3 sons,
Howard (JoDee) Wolfe, Bellevue, IA,
Todd (Janette) Wolfe, West Point, IA
and John (CJ) Wolfe, Round Up, MT;

his 8 grandchildren,
Jessica (Vamsi) Manda, Ryan (Gina) Cochran, Andrew Cochran, KayDee (Tony) Sells, Kellie (Sklar) Orth, Kayla (Matt) Bitting, Madison (Josh) Wolfe and Jake Wolfe;

his 11 great-grandchildren,
Theron and Liberty Reiter, Blair Cochran, Daniel Sells, LynDee Sells, Bentley Bitting, Adelyn Bitting, Broderick Robertson, Haraleigh Robertson, J.T. Robertson and Zander Robertson;

and his brother,
James (Diane) Wolfe.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Patricia (Leslie Avery) Riggs.

A Daniel J. Wolfe memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.