2005 Grand Marshal Hubert Wolfe

By Miles Shuper, Valley Voice

Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grand Marshal Dick EdmistonWhen he rides in this year’s Woodlake Lions Club Rodeo Parade as the grand marshal, Hubert Wolfe actually will have already ridden off into the sunset.

But Hube, as he is known to everyone, and his wife,Pat, leave impressive resumes as they settle into a new home in Lompoc close to their daughter and her family.

Hube is being honored not only for his many years as an active and valuable member of the Woodlake Lions Club, since moving to Woodlake 24 years ago, but for various contributions to the community.

Hube is a proud World War II veteran who jumped out of the first airplane in which he rode. Pat was learning to fly in hopes of becoming a Woman’s Air Corp pilot who could ferry military planes overseas. War’s end put a halt to that adventure. Although both made solo flights, they did not continue to earn pilot licenses. But the Wolfes have achieved a number of high points in their careers.

Hubert Allen Wolfe, was born the day after Christmas in 1924 in Altadena where the Wolfe family settled in the 1880s. As a boy, Hube was active in scouting, hunting and fishing with his dad.

World War II had started when he turned 18 so he enlisted in the Army. After basic training at Camp Roberts, he volunteered for the paratroopers and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia. “After jump school I was sent to North Africa and later to join the 82nd Airborne, 504th Parachute Infantry in Italy,” said Hube.

During the next 14 months Hube fought in four major campaigns in North and South Italy, Holland and Belgium. He earned two purple hearts and a bronze star. The next five months were spent in army hospitals recovering from head wounds and paralysis.

It was during a hospital leave that Hube met Patricia Ann Zerwis whom, Hube proudly notes, “Became my wife for 57 wonderful years.”

By trade Hube was a carpenter. He became a skilled wood craftsman and for many years was employed by Door Control, Inc., a firm specializing in installation and maintenance of automated doors and systems.

Escaping from Southern California in 1981 for the more tranquil rural lifestyle of Woodlake, Hube continued to work on a contract basis for the door company until retirement.

The Wolfes are proud parents and grandparents. Their daughter Denise of Lompoc and son Robert of Pendleton, OR, are as Hube puts it, “The best anyone could ever want.”

The four grandchildren are twins Matthew and Christopher, and Jeremiah and Noah. Most people don’t know the twins, Matthew and Christopher, by name but their pictures are among the most famous in recent decades.

They are the two young boys dressed in stripped coveralls and baseball caps. The caption on their photo asks, “You been farming long?” Royalties from that photo which hangs in hundreds of restaurants and cafes in America and other countries and is on clock faces, calendars, playing cards, belt buckles and dozens of other surfaces helped the boys though college. Both are graduates from Fresno Pacific University.

This famed photograph was taken by their mother, Denise, when the boys were about 18 months old. They turn 28 this month. The photo, taken near San Miguel, won a county fair blue ribbon, was copyrighted and the rights sold to a national magazine.

Devotion to family is a strong part of the Wolfes’ life. So is their dedication and commitment to the Woodlake Presbyterian Church.

Hube’s carpentry skills have left their mark the church and he also serves as an elder on the church board. Pat has directed the church music, choir and unique bell choir. She has worked for the church all the 24 years the Wolfes have lived in Woodlake.

Pastor Charles Castle knows Hube and Pat will be missed but is convinced their efforts will remembered for a long time. “The bell choir Pat directs has special meaning for me,” he says, explaining that it demonstrates “how each bell and each ringer combine to make something so complete and beautiful.”

Pastor Castle also says the congregation will miss Hube’s carpentry skills, leadership and passing the collection plate. “I have been telling the congregation in recent weeks that I don’t know if the church will survive if Hube isn’t here to collect the offering.”