October 15, 1924 - January 11, 2017


Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Earl Walter Wolf, age 92, who passed away Wednesday at his home. Rev. Paul Cloeter will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Monday at the church.

Earl was born Oct. 15, 1924 in Sauk Rapids to John & Lillie (David) Wolf. He moved to Alaska when he was 17 to work on the Alaskan Highway. Earl married Irene Kiekow on Dec. 4, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. He worked construction for McGarry Brothers, Landwehr, and Minkota, retiring in 1987. Earl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Operating Engineers Local 49, and a former member of the Sauk Rapids Sportsman Club. He loved nature and was a conservationist. Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, card games, polka music, dancing, reading non-fiction books, spending time at the cabin near Longville, trips to Alaska, Germany, Austria and traveling around the United States. He was a strong, stubborn German who was hardworking, honest and compassionate. Family and friends meant the world to Earl.

Survivors include his wife, Irene of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Carol (Kevin) Gilyard of St. Cloud and Sarah Behrend of Sauk Rapids; brother, Lloyd (Cathy) of Waite Park; grandchildren, Jennifer (Nate) Gabrielson, Keith (Sally) Gilyard, Scott (Barb) Stellmach, and Brian Gilyard (Amber Montag); and great grandchildren, Shelby, Logan, Maria, Ginger and Flax. Earl was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Dick Behrend; brothers, Art, Elmer and Carl; and sister, Elsie Fisher.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to CentraCare Hospice.