Details for Robert "Sarge" Wolfram
July 21, 1930 - February 26, 2018
Beloit, WI -- Robert E. Wolfram was born July 21, 1930, in Clyman, WI, to Edward J. Wolfram, Sr. and Meta (nee Kuhlman) Wolfram. He married Helen Blodgett on March 16, 1957 in Juneau, WI, and they raised five sons together. He married his second wife, Sandra (nee Barth) Wolfram on December 7, 1989 in Janesville, WI. He joined the USAF in 1951. His military service included overseas tours in Korea and Turkey, along with numerous stateside assignments in Montana, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, Missouri and Wisconsin. One of the most memorable events, in addition to the birth of his five sons, was being assigned as a reserve unit advisor to a nuclear recovery squadron in Green Bay, WI. For his exemplary service and devotion to duty, he was awarded the Command Certificate of Recognition, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and two tickets to the Green Bay Packers home games during Coach Lombardi’s glory years from 1961 to 1967. He retired from the USAF as a Senior Master Sergeant on September 1, 1972 with 22 years of service. Robert’s second career was with the Freeman Shoe Company in Beloit, WI. He worked his way up from computer programmer to manager of the computer department. During this period from April 1973 to December 1991, he earned Associate Degrees in accounting and sales marketing by attending evening classes at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville. Robert’s last job assignment was manager of Lathers Sand & Gravel, Inc. from April 1993 to June 2008 in Beloit. After his retirement, he enjoyed reading, outdoor activities, casino bus trips, and all sports on television. He was a weekly visitor to the local Beloit Library, utilizing the internet service for research and surfing.
Survivors are sons, Bruce Wolfram of Beloit, and Robert (Trina) Wolfram of Janesville; daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Wolfram; and granddaughter, Katy Wolfram from Sedalia, MO; father-in-law, Chet Forsythe of Sharon, WI; sister-in-law, Lorraine Wolfram of Juneau, WI; and sister-in-law, Janis Wolfram of Juneau; Larry (Sue) Goodman of Portage, WI (Larry received son Richard’s heart in February 1999); and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in by wives, Helen in July 1998, and Sandee in October 2000; son, Richard in February 1999; niece, Gayle Buhr in March 2008; brother, Lawrence in June 2009; son, Jeffrey in October 2017; brother, Edward in October 2017; son, Bryan in December 2017 (Bryan also retired from the USAF in November 1996); and mother-in-law, Dorothy Forsythe of Sharon, WI.
A committal service with full military honors will be held Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 1 p.m., Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring Street, Union Grove, WI 53182.