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Harry Louis Wolf

Harry Louis Wolf, 88, of Waterloo, IL, died July 17, 2018, in St. Louis, MO. He was born November 23, 1929, in Waterloo, IL.

He is survived by his special companion Barbara Johnson; children Russel (Debra) Wolf & Renard Wolf; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister Irene Wentzel; sister-in-law Christa Wolf; brother-in-law Wilbert Kohlmeier; nieces; nephews; & cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Herman Louis & Emma (nee Stickann) Wolf; sister Vera Kohlmeier; & brother Nelson Wolf.

Harry was a member of Waterloo Rotary Club, 50 year member of Waterloo American Legion, Waterloo Sister Cities, Millstadt Sister Cities, German American Culture Society, Founder of Waterloo German band (leader for 73 years); recipient of Das Bundersverdienstkreuz Award (Federal Germany Cross of Merit), Governer Hometown Award, Illinois Senior Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts, Waterloo Community Service Award, Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, Waterloo High School Legacy Award, and named Honorary Ambassador of Good Will by the city of Waterloo. He was also the Grand Marshall of Porta Westfalica Fest, a US Marine Veteran, and a member of Musicians Local 29-717 in Illinois & local 2-197 in St. Louis.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Donor's Choice

2 PM to 8 PM Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Monday 

10 AM Monday, July 23, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Merritt Demski officiating
Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO

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Hier Ruhenstatte ein Frieden Herr Harry! Thanks for your notable service to the German-American heritage
(recognized by our ancestral country!) and your service as a great public spirited American citizen! You are
prayerfully remembered by your compatriots in the German-American organizations of St. Louis and Metro East.

Max Kaiser, Jr. Jul 28 2018 12:00 AM

Harry was my german teacher at Central Junior High 1967-1968. He was the best teacher I ever had. Not only did he teach us all german and music, he taught us about life. There were many lessons I learned from him that helped me throughout my life and I am truly grateful. My condolences to his family and all who loved him.

Cindi Petri Clearwater FL Jul 24 2018 12:00 AM

To the family of Harry Wolf,
May I offer my sincere condolences on the loss of Harry. He was a long time friend and will be missed. His smile and sense of humor brought joy to many people.

Larry P. Taake Jul 23 2018 12:00 AM

Harry always had a smile, a joke and a helping hand. His kind heart will be missed by many people.

Karen Bettorf Lane Jul 19 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Russ and Family, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

Rick and Kelly Shilliday Jul 19 2018 12:00 AM

Dan and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to the Wolf family. Sending lots of prayers and hugs..

Dan and Anita Miller Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harry Wolf

Dan and Anita Miller Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. We will all miss his oommpapa's.

Mary White Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Harry Wolf

Pam Foster Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

Harry Wolfe was such a beautiful man so talented musically and interesting to listen to all his
great stories. Harry and my dad Willard volentine we're great friends they both passed away this summer and I'm sure they're up there together in heaven Harry making great music and Dad clapping away to the music... love love them both very much

Celia volentine Kirk Jul 18 2018 12:00 AM

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