Rev. Daniel Williard Wolboldt, 69, North Warren, was recovered by rescue volunteers from the waters of the Conewango Creek on Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was born June 8, 1943, in Canfield, Ohio to John Daniel and Alice Beverly Williard Wolboldt who survive, of Canfield, Ohio.
Dan was a 1961 graduate of Canfield High School and he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Education in 1966 from the Ohio State University where he was an ROTC Cadet Colonel and Commander of the Cadet Corps. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. In 1969 he earned a Masters of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (METHESCO) and completed doctoral work at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. As an ordained minister, he served as a Chaplain in the United States Army at home and overseas, most notably with the 82nd Airborne Division as the Deputy Division Chaplain. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Airborne Wings, German Airborne Wings, Army Achievement Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Medal with 1 Device, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. He was a member of the American Legion Keystone State Lodge.
With 22 years of service, he retired in 1989 and relocated to Warren, where he was employed as a Clinical Mental Health Supervisor at the Warren Forest County Department of Health and Human Services, and in 1991 he was recognized by the Warren County Victim/Witness Program with the Warren County Victim Advocacy Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy. Since 2003 he has served as the Chaplain at the Interfaith Chapel and Spiritual Support Services Director at the Warren State Hospital. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, the Warren Players Club and the Struthers Library Theatre. He felt privileged to be involved in various aspects of the theatre from set building to production management in support of youth theatre participation. He was a 25year member of the North Warren Presbyterian Church and served as interim pastor there for a year. In addition to his position at the Warren State Hospital, he was currently serving as the interim pastor of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ. He also served as the treasurer of the Warren Area Ministerium.
Dan was a dedicated 60 year member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving youth in numerous capacities and locations in the United States, as well as in the Transatlantic Council while stationed in Europe. As a youth, Dan was a Boy Scout in Troop 25, sponsored by the Canfield United Methodist Church, Canfield, Ohio, where he earned the Eagle Award and was presented with the Vigil Honor, and was a member of the Neatoka Lodge Order of the Arrow. During his life he had received many Scouter awards and honors including: the District Award of Merit, Scouters Training Award, the St. George Award of the Roman Catholic Church, the God and Service Award from the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A., the Silver Beaver Award from the Transatlantic Council B.S.A., Founder’s Award from the Order of the Arrow, the Silver Antelope Award from the Northeast Region, and he was a FourBead Recipient of the Wood Badge Training Program. He especially valued the 27 Eagle Scout Mentor Pin Awards he has received during his years with Troop 13 and the “Golden ManHole Cover” he received at the closing campfire at Camp Olmsted’s Summer Camp.
Dan’s adult leadership and service positions include Unit Commissioner, Merit Badge Counselor, Council Executive Board Member, Venturing Crew Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, National Camp School Staff, National Jamboree SubCamp Staff, Wood Badge Staff, Wood Badge Course Director, Camp Visitation Specialist and Staff, Chancellor Commissioner’s College West, Section Advisor for the Order of the Arrow, District Training Chairman, District Commissioner, Council Training Chairman, OA Lodge Advisor, and Council Commissioner. This leadership service extended from local to regional and area service in various councils. Other service includes Campaganza Staff Food Service/Com missary Director, Summer Camp Staff, Camp Chaplain for 21 years at Camp Olmsted, Scout Craft Director and Camp Bugle Corps at Camp Olmsted.
In 2012 Dan was recognized as a Hometown Hero in Warren County and in 2013 he was selected as part of the National Scoutmaster Recognition Program to be one of 56 Scoutmasters nationwide to attend the National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, and represent all Scoutmaster nationwide.
He was currently serving as the District Commissioner for the Chief Cornplanter Council, the Lodge Advisor for the Gyantwachia Lodge, Order of the Arrow, and the Scoutmaster of Troop 13 in North Warren, PA, sponsored by the North Warren Presbyterian Church. He has attended every National Jamboree since 1957. He was the Scoutmaster for the Chief Cornplanter Council Troop to the 1993 National Jamboree and the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 13 at the 1997 National Jamboree. He headed the Council Contingent to the National Order of the Arrow conference and took local Scouts to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.
Surviving are his parents, his wife of 45 years, Penelope Barley Wolboldt, who he married in 1968, a daughter, Michelle Wabrek, and three grandsons, Auden, Trillin, and Asher of Louisville, KY, his sister Barbara Wszelaki of Seville, Ohio, and two brothers, William C. Wolboldt of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Dr. Clinton G. Wolboldt of Ransom Canyon, Texas.
There will be a memorial service at the Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Avenue, Warren, PA on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 AM. Friends may inquire at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. for information regarding the memorial service. The public is asked to please send remembrances and thoughts of Dan to Chief Cornplanter Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 316 Fourth Avenue, Warren, PA, 16365.
A private burial will be held at the Excelsior/Vro man Cemetery near Grand Valley at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to the Chief Cornplanter Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Struthers Library Theatre, the Warren Public Library, 205 Market Street, Warren, PA 16365, the North Warren Presbyterian Church, 200 S. State Street, Warren, PA 16365, or the General Joseph Warren Chapter of the DAR, c/o Judith Wilson, President, 105 Alexander St., Warren, PA 16365. Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhome. com.