Most of what James Wolf enjoyed in life centered around his family.
"He was a family man who loved his family," said his daughter, Connie Smith.
Whether it was a birthday party or a general gathering, he enjoyed the surroundings of his loved ones.
James A. Wolf, 76, of Crown Point, died Aug. 19.
One of his loves was to carve wooden Jesus crosses, Smith said.
"He would give them to everybody he cared about," she said, noting that he made more than 100 of them.
"We all have them," she said.
Smith said her dad was always there for them, even as adults as household projects took place.
"He was always there to help out."
Wolf also loved each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his daughter said. He liked giving rides to his great-grandchildren on his riding lawnmower.
"They loved it when they went there" because they knew they would be going for a ride, she said.
Wolf also liked ponies and horses. He had several as he was growing up, Smith said. Later in his life, Wolf loved going to the Lake County Fair to see the horse shows.
"We all knew where to find him," she said with a laugh.
Wolf also loved his canine companion, Abbee. She went with him wherever he went, including on vacations whenever possible, Smith recalled.
Wolf also enjoyed dickering a great deal when making any purchase.
"Everyone was amazed what he could talk people into," Smith said.
Smith noted that her father was preceded in death by two wives, Norma and Shirley.
"He will be greatly missed," she said with love.