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June 30, 2014

Saying goodbye

(Continued)

OTTUMWA —

 

From that point on, Hornback said, Deb Hall knew that no matter what happened here on Earth, Adam would be okay. 

The amazing support of the Corps was a topic the pastor learned about after he had spoken with the family. A small part of the Marine effort was illustrated to visitors Sunday by the presence of a Marine detail which moved the casket to the Bridge View Center stage. Marines were also stationed at the cemetery. 

On several occasions Sunday, Pastor Hornback expressed how much of a difference the support of the community has made for the family. A surprise speaker at the funeral: Adam's twin brother Aaron, who kept his voice mostly steady as he talked about Adam. 

"Thank you, everyone, for acknowledging the most important person in my life, my brother, as a hero."

Photos, songs and videos were interspersed through the pastor's presentation. The videos showed Adam, often with his dad, Nick Wolff, and sometimes with sister Angela. Nearly always, however, video images captured the twins together. 

Pastor Hornback shared family stories about Adam: He could eat more than anyone in the room, but was thinner than anyone in the room. He loved to nap; when the twin's big brother took them paint balling, Adam insisted he wouldn't get hit. He hid under a bush, and promplty fell asleep. 

"What does it mean to be a good person?" Aaron Wolff asked those in attendance at the service. Adam would loan me money, he'd feed you, take you anywhere you needed to go, and never ask for anything in return."

Those at the funeral also heard Adam. Aaron had his twin brother's final voice mail message to him. He played it on speaker phone: "Talk to you later 'little' brother. Love you, bye." Adam, said their sister, was a minute older than Aaron.

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