SIOUX CITY -- Al DeWolf, 90, of Sioux City went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Peace Reformed Church, meeting at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5200 Glenn Ave., with the Revs. Robert Rook and Chris Jacobsen officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the U.S. Air Force and American Legion Morningside Post 697. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa, Iowa.
Al was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Leighton, Iowa, the only child of Thomas and Elizabeth (Slings) DeWolf. He graduated from Pella (Iowa) High School in 1937. He spent his early years in the Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Pella areas. On. Jan. 22, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was initially stationed in Hawaii and later deployed to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, where he served as a waist gunner on a B17 bomber during World War II. He received various commendations while in the service. When he returned stateside, he was stationed at the Sioux City Airbase as a gunnery instructor. He was honorably discharged from the service on Oct. 2, 1948.
He was a supervisor at Swift and Co. and later a garment cutter at Hovland Manufacturing Company.
He was united in marriage to Phyllis (Rush) Bennett on Feb. 13, 1970.
In 1976, he and Phyllis opened the Sioux City branch of Kreisers Inc., a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based medical supply company. Al was a part of the sales force until his retirement in 1993.
After retirement he enjoyed having coffee with his friend, Herb Rhine, and hunting and fishing with his friend, Marvin Pansegrau. He loved to paint landscapes and work in his flower gardens. He was an active member in American Legion Morningside Post 697.
He was a charter member of Peace Reformed Church. During his lifetime, he served in various leadership roles in the Reformed and Christian Reformed churches. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a person of strong faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His desire was to instill that same faith in his children and grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Phyllis of Sioux City; a son and his wife, Mike and Margie Bennett of Sioux City; three daughters and their husbands, Melanie and Leon Jacobsen of Sioux City, Lisa and Phil Nichols of Bellevue, Neb., and Becky and Bob Griffon of Tabernash, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Chris) Schermerhorn, Michael (Janel) Bennett, the Rev. Chris (Sarah) Jacobsen, Joseph Nichols, Kevin Nichols, Katie (Anthony) Horrock and Amie Geist; and four great-grandchildren, Payton and Maddy Schermerhorn and Connor and Jennaye Horrock.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Charles Johnson and Robert Rush; and a niece, Patti Albrecht, her husband, Marvin, and their son, David.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Peace Reformed Church Building Fund or a charity of your choice.