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John Howell Wolf, retired newspaper owner and publisher, dies at age 92

Retired newspaper owner and publisher John Howell Wolf, 92, of Carlisle died Sunday.

He owned and published eight community newspapers in the Cincinnati area before selling them and retiring to a cottage on Lake Carnico in Nicholas County in 1983.

Mr. Wolf got his start in the newspaper business as an 8-year-old print shop apprentice, working under his parents, Dale Wolf and Ruth Howell Wolf. He became the owner of Cincinnati Suburban Newspaper Inc. in 1946. He bought Clermont Newspapers Inc. in 1979.

Mr. Wolf served in leadership at several newspaper organizations during his career, including stints as president of the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspapers of America.

He is survived by his wife, Emily West Asbury Wolf, of Carlisle; a son, John B. Wolf, of Cincinnati; and a daughter, Dr. Wendy J. Wolf, of Booth Bay Harbor, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at Carlisle Presbyterian Church.