Fallen hero laid to rest

Flags lined the highway and crowds saluted as the funeral for Corporal Adam Wolff was held at the Bridge View Center Sunday afternoon.

With an outpouring of love and respect from Wapello and the surrounding counties, fallen hero Corporal Adam Wolff was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon. Corporal Wolff, a member of the United States Marine Corps was killed in action on June 20, 2014 in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

"We know that Adam may be physically away from us, but we will all continue to carry him in our hearts, our minds and our lives forever. There is no one and no thing that can remove his spirit from us," said Pastor Mark Hornback, of the First Church of the Open Bible.

Wolff was born on June 16, 1988 in Ottumwa. He grew up in rural Wapello County and was a 2006 graduate of Cardinal High School. His family says enlisting in the service is something that Wolff always wanted to do.

"When he finally decided to become a Marine, he went and enlisted on his own, without telling anybody he was going," said Hornback.

The young Marine kept the enlistment a secret out of fear of his family trying to talk him out of it.

"He didn't want one person to have the opportunity to talk him out of it. His family all agreed he was finally made complete when he became a Marine," added Hornback.

Family was the most important thing to Wolff who is survived by two brothers and three sisters. His twin brother Aaron, shared memories of the two growing up and spoke of Adams love of playing video games and spending time outdoors. His twin brother also shared the last message that his brother left on his phone while he was serving for our country. Family members of Wolff say that he loved being a Marine.

"Corporal Wolff loved being a Marine. He knew it was going to be hard and he knew it could cost him his life, but he was proud to be a Marine. He wasn't afraid to die for his country. He counted that cost the day he enlisted," said Hornback.

The Marine was a member of the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The family of the fallen hero was presented with the Purple Heart Award at the service.

"This is to certify that the President of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart established by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York, August 7, 1782 to Corporal Adam F. Wolff, United States Marine Corps, for wounds received in action on June 20, 2014 in Afghanistan resulting in his death"

The burial of Corporal Adam Wolff was at Fiedler Cemetery with full military honors conducted by Echo Company 2nd Battalion Marines. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Fisher House.