James Maynard Wolfe of Chestertown, MD passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at his home, due to chronic complications from a combat injury. He was 72.
Born December 21, 1947 in Long Beach, California, he was the son of the late John M. and Mildred G. Wolfe.
Jim enlisted in the United States Army in 1968. He was a door gunner crewman in the 281st Assault Helicopter Company. In December 1968, during the Vietnam War, he was on a UH-1H helicopter, when it crashed near Da Lat, Vietnam, destroying the aircraft and injuring the entire crew; the commanding officer described that “James was ensuring that the passengers on board were prepared for the impending impact during the descent.”
As a lifetime student, Jim graduated from Washington College, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977 and then his Master’s degree in psychology in 1993.
During his younger years Jim enjoyed motorcycles and cars. He always loved sailing and enjoyed guns and building model cars and boats. He would never turn down a cold Coca-Cola or a slice of cheesecake.
Jim always enjoyed traveling. From a young age he traveled the world with his family during his father’s service in the Navy, including an extended tour in Japan. He enjoyed traveling all over the United States as well. The time he spent with friends during extended trips to Mexico and his many winters in Florida were some of his fondest memories.
He was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Robert Wolfe.
He is survived by his daughters, Emily Wise of Chestertown, MD, Sarah Severs (Ryan) of Centreville, MD, granddaughter Parker Lynn Severs of Centreville, MD, his sister Susan Ridgely (Don) of Severn, MD, his nephews and niece, Benjamin, Robert and Margaret Ridgely and many lifelong friends.
A private service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, Lanham, MD or Compass Regional Hospice, Centreville, MD.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A.