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Kent Wolff, former owner of Village Inn, dies at 67

Kent Wolff died Sunday, Feb. 2, at his home in Hudson.

The former owner of the Village Inn in North Hudson, Kent R. Wolff, 67, of Hudson died Sunday at his home. He had been battling cancer.

Wolff purchased what became the Village Inn in August 1982 from Terry and Crystal Sockness. At that time the business was called Sock’s Saloon, but it had other names over the years including The Big Orange and Len’s.

Wolff sold the business to Leigh and Diane Halvorsen in September 2005.

During Wolff’s ownership the business grew and expanded dramatically. The business became a popular spot for Packer, Badger and Brewer fans with the addition of sports items and memorabilia. Wolff was an avid Packer fan. Before purchasing the Village Inn he was owner of Wolff Distributing, a company owned at one time by his late father, Pete Wolff.

Wolff, a 1964 Hudson High School graduate, was always very supportive of the Hudson Boosters and was grand marshal of the Booster parade in 1997. Over the years, Wolff earned several plaques from the Boosters for his volunteer service. In addition to being active in athletics himself, Wolff also coached many youth sports teams. He bowled a 300 game in January 1987.

He is survived by his wife Margaret (Smith) and daughters Stacey Larson and Molly Callahan. He was preceded in death by a son Craig.

A Celebration of Life for Kent Wolff is Friday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home. Interment will be private. Memorials are preferred and will be used for organization such as Adoray Hospice or the donor’s choice.

To pay respect to his love for the green and gold, the family asks that visitors wear Green Bay Packer attire to his gathering.

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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