OTTUMWA — Cpl. Adam Wolff's final legacy was to bring his family, and his community, together.
Relatives came from around the country Sunday to support their family in Ottumwa. Ottumwa's chief of police was at the ceremony, and so were members of the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Wolff's older brother Nathan is a Cedar Rapids police officer. Cedar Rapids is where Adam had lived before heading to boot camp. It's also where the Marine Corps sent the corporal's body.
Adam F. Wolff, 25 of Ottumwa, was killed in Afghanistan "as a result of a hostile incident," according to the U.S. Marine Corps. Corporal Wolff (formerly a lance corporal) and two other Marines were killed in “combat operations” in Afghanistan on June 20. Wolff was serving as a Marine combat engineer.
Twice during the service, Wolff's fellow Marines were given recognition: Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Virginia and Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, New Hampshire.
All three Marines were assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division of the Second Marine Expeditionary Force. The men's home base stateside was Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The funeral service Sunday at Bridge View Center was officiated by Mark Hornback. He's a pastor from the First Church of the Open Bible, a church that played a role in Adam's recent life.
Though he'd grown up as a Christian, his experience in the Marines, and a private talk with a Marine chaplain, brought a stronger desire to be closer in his walk with the Lord. He called his mother, Deb Hall, from Marine training, and asked that she make arrangements for Adam to be baptized. When the time came for Adam to pinch his nose shut and take the plunge, his mother decided to be baptized right alongside him.