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Obituary for The Rev. Thomas E Wolford

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:6-8)


The Rev. Thomas E. Wolford went home to be with the Lord on September 14, 2013. He was born in 1925 in Mansfield, Ohio. He attended Wittenberg University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947. He went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree from Hamma Divinity School, now Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

He served several congregations in Ohio including St. Luke, Marietta; Westwood, Dayton and Shiloh, Lewisburg. He also served on the staff of Lutheran Social Services of Miami Valley. Pr. Wolford retired in 1987.

Pr. Wolford was an officer and director of the Dayton Chapter of Friendship Force International and participated in many foreign exchanges.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene and children, Mrs. Kathryn Barrett, Dr. Andrew Wolford and Mrs. Jill Radcliffe.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at North Riverdale Lutheran Church, 45 Kurtz Ave, Dayton, Ohio at 2 pm. Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt will preside, Pr. Doug Jacobs will offer the eulogy and Pr. Monte Stevens will be the liturgist.