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Harry Wolf dies at 107 

The picture below I took on his 105th birthday party.

Wolf at his 105th birthday party.

– On Jan. 16, Harry K Wolf, the oldest active ham radio operator ever known, passed away at the age of 107, just a couple of weeks shy of his 108th birthday. He never knew cancer or Alzheimers. He just told my cousin, his daughter Vicki a couple of weeks ago that he was now ready to go, and ham radio operator, number W6nkt, logged out peacefully for the last time.

He lived one of the most interesting lives a man could. He was raised on a ranch in the Geneseo area in what is now known as Ground Squirrel Hollow and was known as the fastest grain sack sewer in SLO county. He was giving demonstrations of that lost art when he was over 100. After serving in WWll, he personally originated and started the first Electronics Engineering Dept in the world at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He later did that in areas all over the world including Hong Kong and Tanzania.

At the age of 100, he wrote his life story and published it as a book. The name of the book is “The Oak Tree” which was a tree he used to go to on the family ranch to be by himself when he was young.

He outlived many people he loved, including children and grandchildren. However, he was very resilient and led a very active life past 100 years of age in his own home, and on the airwaves across the world both by voice and Morse code until the end. Sharp as a tack to his last day and went out with his boots on. What more could you ask for?

RIP, W6nkt, I know there must be a microphone and Morse code keypad for you up there. Your nephew, Tim, standing by and awaiting your transmission.



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