1922 - August 3, 2008
Wolf D. von Schalk, a longtime Hayden Resident, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008, at the Sandrock Ridge Care and Rehab Center in Craig. He was 85.
Wolf was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Berlin, Germany, the son of Hans Walker and Hildegard (Radmacher) von Schalk. He was raised there and attended Prussian Military Academy in Potsdam from 1932 to 1939. He entered the German Air Force at 17 and was shot down in Africa in 1942 during World War II.
He was taken as a prisoner of war and was in various prisoner camps in Africa, England and the U.S., in Oklahoma.
He was released in 1946 and became a civilian employee of the U.S. Army serving with the Seventh Army out of Frankfort, Germany, from 1947 to 1950.
Wolf married Margarete Heldwein on Oct. 21, 1950, in Nurtingen, Germany.
Wolf worked for the German Railroad from 1950 to 1956. Wolf and Margarete then immigrated to the United States on June 22, 1956, and made their home in Trenton, Mich.
Wolf and Margarete became U.S. citizens Nov. 14, 1961. In 1971, he and his family moved to Steamboat Springs, where Wolf worked at various jobs, eventually becoming employed by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp, a job he kept until his retirement. He and his family moved to Hayden in the early '90s.
He was a member of the Hayden Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Margarete, of Hayden; son, Michael, and his wife, Angel von Schalk, of Hayden; daughters, Sylvia Hale, of Colorado Springs, and Angela and her husband, Brett Pagenkoop, of Broomfield; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; brother, Rainer; and son, Hans D. Schalk, who died July 6, 2007.
At Wolf's request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services.