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Garrell Howard Wolff

Garrell Howard Wolff died June 27, 2003 of natural causes at his property in Beroun, Minn., at the age of 68 years.

Garrell was born May 9, 1935 in Howard Lake, Minnesota, and was the second of three sons born to Ted and Martha (Yeager) Wolff.

Garrell served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and after two years in the military, received his honorable discharge in 1957.

On June 8, 1957, Garrell was united in marriage to the former Arlette Gast. They made their home in the Maple Plain and Waverly areas of Minnesota, and welcomed into their family their daughter, Rhonda, and their two sons, Bradley and Fred.

During this time Garrell was employed at Briggs Transportation as a truck driver, and earned several safe driving awards.

In the fall of 1969, Garrell and Arlette purchased a farm near Rock Creek, Minn. In 1971, Garrell decided to give up his job as a truck driver and began farming full time. Due to problems with his health, he retired from the farm in 1978. In 1990 he became an independent truck driver, retiring completely in 1994 at the age of 60 years.

Garrell's favorite hobbies included hunting, fishing, enjoying nature, and baking. He especially loved watching and caring for birds, and was well known for his delicious homemade desserts.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Martha Wolff.

Garrell is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Rhonda and Leonard Waletzko of Pine City, Minn., sons and daughters-in-law Bradley and Patrician Wolff of Canby, Minn., and Fred and Shannon Wolff of St. Croix Falls, Wis.; grandchildren Brad (Rita) Waletzko, Diana Waletzko, Alex Higgins, Erica and Brian Wolff, Landon, Valerie, and Vanessa Wolff.

He is further survived by companion Wanda Johnson of Pine City, former wife Arlette Gast of Rock Creek, brothers and sisters-in-law Robert and Velma Wolff of Orono, Perry and DeDe Wolff of Wayzata, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral service was Tuesday, July 1 at 2 p.m. at the Swanson Chapel in Pine City, with the Rev. Vicki VanderVegt officiating.

Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.

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