Mark Daniel Wolfe
of Chesterton, age 43, died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at his home after a
long battle with metastatic prostate cancer which he courageously fought.
He was born March
6, 1977, in Valparaiso and was the son of Jeffrey R. Wolfe and Carol Magill
(Tom) of Chesterton.
He was preceded in
death by his brother David Wolfe.
He is survived by a
son, Luke D. Wolfe of Florence, WI, who was the greatest pride and joy of
Mark’s life. In addition, he is also survived by his brother Jeffrey M.
Wolfe (Tawnia), sister, Kathy Eckert and nephews Houston Wolfe (Rachel) of
Crown Point, IN; Riley Wolfe of Janesville, WI; Cole Wolfe, Christian Eckert
and Aaron Whiteman of Lafayette, IN.
He graduated from
Chesterton High School in 1995 and completed a Bachelor's Degree in Park
Management and Forestry from Indiana University in 2000. Mark owned and
operated a general contracting business based first in New Hampshire and
then later in Chesterton. Along the way he acquired his Marine Vessel Sea
Captain License and worked a tour boat in Chicago in the summer.
He followed his
dreams wherever they took him and developed a keen appreciation for nature
and all its wonders. This love led him to become an avid outdoorsman who
loved fishing, hunting and camping. He also loved the water and especially
sailing where he sailed Lake Michigan, the Atlantic and Pacific, completing
two Mac Races as well. Mark loved the mountains and recently climbed Mount
Hood in 2018 while he was battling cancer. His love of adventure took him
many places, including trips to Alaska, the Netherlands and South America
and most recently the Galapagos Islands in 2019. Mark greatly loved working
in his garden and greenhouse. He also loved biking and at age 10 he rode his
first long distance ride on the upper shores of Lake Michigan with his
brother David and father. This experience led to him eventually being a
rider at IU in Bloomington for Team Cinzano in the Little 500. After
graduating Mark rode his 10 speed bike across the Continental divide several
times while covering over 2,000 miles in the Rockies. In addition, he rode
down the west coast from Canada to Southern California.
To those who knew
Mark, he was a unique person who touched them in many ways! He would come in
and out of their lives like raindrops; sometimes impacting greatly, if even
for a short while. He was a loyal and caring friend to many who shined like
the light of a comet. His presence was felt and remembered by all who
encountered the son, the brother, the father and the man who was Mark. His
smile was questionable yet infectious. His actions always fierce but full of
bravery and compassion. His friendship and love for his family, friends and
the earth were unwavering. He fought these last couple of years harder than
a warrior, buying time to be with his son Luke and family and friends. Mark
had a strong zeal for life and adventure that many of us will never know.
His spirit rests now and his pain is left down here. Mark Wolfe was a beast
of a human being and he won’t ever be forgotten. We all will see Mark again
but until then, his light continues to shine on as a rare diamond. Mark was
a beacon of light, guided by in his knowledge, wisdom and spirit. He
followed the true North of his own compass in life with both an inner and
The family will
receive friends on Wednesday, March 18, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton.
A memorial service
will be held Thursday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m., at Augsburg Lutheran Church,
100 N. Mineral Springs Rd, Porter, IN. This will be followed by a graveside
burial at the Chesterton Cemetery.
Being cautious for
the Covid-19 virus situation, we have decided it best to delay the luncheon
that was originally planned to follow the graveside burial. In lieu, we will
have a future “Celebration of Life” gathering in honor of Mark, at a date
and time to be announced. This will be held at Riley’s Rail House in
Chesterton. We appreciate your understanding of this decision.