George Clayton Wolfe, Jr.

Born: Wed., Jan. 4, 1933
Died: Wed., Mar. 8, 2017


5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, Wed., Mar. 15, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory

Funeral Service

6:30 PM Wed., Mar. 15, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory


7:15 PM Wed., Mar. 15, 2017
Location: Stage & Studio Cafe

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George Clayton Wolfe, Jr.

“Ride with me Lord, don’t allow me to lag.  Guide me all the way to the checkered flag”

George Clayton Wolfe, Jr., age 84, of Carlisle, and formerly of Shiremanstown, passed away peacefully while being comforted by his family at West Shore Hospital on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  George was born on Wednesday, January 4, 1933 in Shiremanstown to the late George Clayton Wolfe, Sr. and Mary Ellen (Shutt) Wolfe.

George’s survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Kay L. (Shopp) Wolfe; his two daughters: Barbara “Barb” Krall and her husband, Steve, of Lewisberry, LuAnn Miller and her husband, Kenneth, of Port Royal; his two sons: Will Wolfe of Carlisle, Steven Wolfe and his wife, Denise, of Mechanicsburg; his eight grandchildren: Amy Jama, Rebecca Polulak, Jennifer Magaro, Nick Krall, Sean Miller, Lindsey Miller, Courtney Miller, Stevie Wolfe; his ten great-grandchildren: Devon, Reese, Kennedy, Gabe, Sydney, Katie, Paige, Izabella, Kellan, Nick; his two siblings: Catharine Pealer of Dillsburg, Ralph Wolfe of Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.

George was born and raised in Shiremanstown.  He graduated from Mechanicsburg High School as part of the class of 1951.  During his time in high school, George played football, baseball, and basketball.  He retired from the UA Local 520 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union in Harrisburg, after 17 years of service working as a pipefitter.  George was a lifelong member of the Protestant faith.  He played semi-pro football for the Harrisburg Bears, Mechanicsburg Bears, and Cumberland Colts as a defensive tackle and line backer.  George loved many different types of sports such as baseball, basketball, wrestling, and car racing.  He was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Philadelphia Eagles.

George was a founding and life member of the William’s Grove Old Timers Club and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR).  He was an owner and driver of a dirt track car at Silver Spring Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, and other local tracks.  In 1979, he was the Sportsman's Track Champion at Silver Spring Speedway and   during the 1980’s, George was a promoter for the Williams Grove Speedway.  He had a love for racing and was even inducted into the York County Racing Hall of Fame.  George also enjoyed collecting antique and street rod cars.  He was a member of the Cumberland Valley Wrestling Booster Club and the UA Local 520 Plumber and Pipefitters Union.

George was a hard working and self-made man who had an incredible work ethic; he was always a supporter of the underdog.  He was very generous and a good provider for his family, whom he was tough but always fair with.  George was also a man of his word who could be quite comical.  He supported any sports that his kids and grandchildren did and he was always interested in their lives and the activities they participated in.  His family and friends hold many memories of him and will miss George dearly.

All are welcome to join George’s family at his viewing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at 6:30 p.m. at Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with a good friend, Patricia Emel, officiating.  George’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at The Stage & Studio Cafe, next door to the funeral home, following the service.  Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in St. John’ Cemetery in Mechanicsburg.  Honored to be the urn bearer is William Wolfe.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in celebration of George’s life can be made to the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, P.O. Box 688, Mechanicsburg, PA, or the Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, 1500 Paxton Street, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17104,  George’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read George’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, and sign his official guest book at

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Wendy Armstrong
   Posted Fri March 10, 2017
Will & Kay, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and thoughts are with you.

Bill and Leona Webb
   Posted Fri March 10, 2017
We are so very sorry for your loss. He was a great guy

Frank Klein
   Posted Fri March 10, 2017
Kay my thoughts are with you. My condolences.

fred putney
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
sorry to hear about George wish he could've stayed at the grove George put me where iam today he belevied in me thanks George rest in peace

Bob and Mag Prosser
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
Kay and rest of the Wolfe family. So sorry to hear of George's passing from this earth however, we know he is in a much better place where there is no pain and has God's promise of peace. We will see George again and we are thankful for God's many blessings. Hold all those memories close! Love and hugs from Bob and Mag.

Denise Vaughn
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
Dear Will and Barb, I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Wishing you courage and peace!

Denise Vaughn

Class of 1952, Carlisle High School
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
Dear Kay: Your classmates are so sorry to hear of George's passing. He will be greatly missed by all of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Clyde and Vicki Flohr
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
Dear Barb and Family -- We were so sorry to see that your dad passed. Please know we are thinking of you all knowing how hard it is to lose your parent. He knew he was loved and he and hour mom did a fantastic job of raising kind and loving children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Linda Joseph (Skins)
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
I have great memories of riding horses, bailing hay, and even cleaning out the horse manure at George's farm. I know that he will live on in all of the great memories everyone has of him.

Marlene and Chris Frawley
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
Kay and Family, we were so honored to have known George as a great neighbor. He will be missed. Love and Prayers, Marlene and Chris Frawley

Mary and Glenn Kirkpatrick
   Posted Sat March 11, 2017
We love you George and will miss you. Mary and Glenn Kirkpatrick

Jim Smith (Wrestling)
   Posted Sun March 12, 2017
Dear Kay and family, I am sorry to hear of the loss of George. It seems only yesterday he was in the bleachers, cheering his sons to victory on the mats. The Cumberland Valley athletic Community has lost a valued fan and staunch supporter. May God bless all of you.

Larry C. Stoner
   Posted Sun March 12, 2017
With love and sadness I am happy to have known you Kay, and George, and
all that you have done for motor racing.

Vince and Natalie Miceli
   Posted Mon March 13, 2017
Kay and the whole family. So sorry for your loss. Our family knew you and George for as long as I can remember. He will be dreatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Cyndy Wolf
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Will, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You & your family have been in my prayers while he had been ill & will continue to be now as you mourn his loss. May the love of family & friends, God's peace & the passing of time ease the pain you now feel.

Dan Shutt
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Some of the best memories of my youth were spent at Georges house. Playing football in the yard. hunting & Dirt bomb battles in the field. Helping bale hay and riding the horses.
I'm sorry for your loss

Bob Stammel
   Posted Tue March 14, 2017
Dear Kay, we were so sorry to hear of George's passing. George and Bob played for the Cumberland Colts for several years.
May your Faith, Family and Friends provide comfort to you at this time.
Darla n Bob Stammel

Myrl Rice
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Dear Kay

I am so very sorry for your loss. George was a great guy and good friend for years, starting with the first Cumberlnd Colts team. I will miss seeing him at breakfasts

Wendy Duncan
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Dear Aunt Kay and family, Some of my fondest memories are of Uncle Georges laugh and smile. Generous and loving to all even to a niece he didn't see very often. He taught me who was "Boss" and I never forgot. Nor will I ever.

William Reynolds
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. I knew George since I was a young boy when he would come to our house on Portland St. George was a great man who will be missed by everyone.

robert S armold jr
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Sorry to hear about you loss our thoughts an prayers are with you an your family

Doris Berger Reynolds
   Posted Wed March 15, 2017
Dear Kay,

I was so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was like a brother to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love George and you.


Phil Santamaria
   Posted Fri March 17, 2017
Jane and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Phil Santamaria

Harry & Teri Frey
   Posted Thu March 23, 2017
Kay & family,
We were so sorry to hear of George's passing. Friends growing up in Shiremanstown he was a good man & won't be forgotten. Our prayers are with you.

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