Earl Wolfe

Earl Wolfe

Ravenswood, WV

Born: May 18th, 1930 to parents Otho and Myrtle Hunt Wolfe

Graduated from Ravenswood High School – Class of 1948

Married to his best friend, Marjorie Bennett, on June 13th, 1951

Together, they raised three sons: Joe, Rick and Randy

Proceeded in death by:

Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, Wife Marjorie, Father Otho Wolfe, Mother Myrtle Wolfe, Brothers Oral and Raymond, Sisters Lorna, Mary and Laura Alice, and Grandson Jesse Wolfe

Survived by:

Sons: Joe (Amber) Wolfe, Rick (Bonnie) Wolfe, Randy (Sarah) Wolfe

Grandchildren: Brandon Wolfe, Brett (Ashley) Wolfe, Lindsey (Dustin) Sigler, Ricky (Stacey) Wolfe, Nick (Rachale) Wolfe, Zach (Brandi) Wolfe, Jeff (Kara) Casto, Russ (Andrea) Casto

Great Grandchildren: Easton Wolfe, Maddie Wolfe, Cooper Roth, Paxton Roth, Shelby Wolfe, Remington Wolfe, Winston Wolfe, Eli Casto, Cyrus Casto, Mya Casto, Ava Casto

Work History:

Earl started working in 1945 at the age of 15 delivering milk for Vernon McCoy. At the age of 21, he began working at Hutchinson Smith Dodge Plymouth on Sand street in Ravenswood. At the age of 27, he began working for the Jackson County Board of Education as a school bus driver. In 1959, at the age of 29, he went to work at the Kaiser Aluminum plant where he worked for 30 years before retiring due to health issues. His final career move came when he was appointed as the first EMS Director for Jackson County. He was 71 years old when he finally retired.

During his life, he also owned and operated an earth moving company; the Texaco gas station in north Ravenswood, and a construction company in the 70s and 80s.

A Volunteer Life:

Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department:

Earl joined the department in 1952; Became Fire Chief in 1970 and maintained that role for 30 years. Under Earl’s leadership, the department started the first ambulance service in Ravenswood when a new state law was written that required all ambulance responders to be trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). This law removed the state’s local ambulance services from area funeral homes that simply transported patients without medical assistance of any kind.

Earl, along with his team of dedicated volunteers, developed the groundwork required to establish the EMS system that services Jackson County today.

The group also built a new fire station building that currently houses the department, new pumper trucks, as well as the best equipment available to protect the citizens of Ravenswood and the surrounding area.

Youth Athletics: Earl spent over 11 years coaching the young men of Ravenswood in football, basketball and baseball. He helped establish the original Pop Warner football program. Later in life, you could always find Earl and Marjorie in the stands rooting on the youth of Ravenswood.

While still in high school, Earl assisted with the building of the “Original” home side bleachers on Flinn Field.

Earl was also instrumental in the building of the original Cap Wright baseball field lighting system, upgraded the little league baseball fields in the 90s. He graded the first dirt “track and field” facilities, built soccer fields and helped build the Facilities Building in front of the “Old Gym”.

Other Civic Organizations and Appointments:

15 year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)

Elected Jackson County Constable for 14 years

Governor appointment to the “Original” Curriculum and Training Committee for the State of West Virginia during the inception of the current statewide EMS program

Served on the county EMS board for 19 years

Developed the original guidelines for the Jackson County 911 and EMS systems

Member of the Ravenswood Development Authority for 13 years (President for 9 years)

As you can see, it seemed like Earl was always working, or volunteering his time to a worthwhile cause; however, he always found time for his family. Whether it was traveling, horseback riding, camping, or taking one of his famous “short-cuts” to an interesting destination; his family was never on the short end of time spent with DAD.

In lieu of flowers; please make donations to, Savannah’s Closet in Ravenswood, No Hungry Food Pantry in Ravenswood or Ravenswood Adopt a family.

Friends may visit, Monday, January 4, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood. Funeral service will begin at 12:00pm with Pastor Chris Skeens, officiating. Burial will follow at Ravenswood Cemetery.

Condolences may be emailed to or on Roush Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

“Well done thou good and faithful servant” – Rest in Peace

P.S. “Say Hi to mom for all of us””

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