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Elmer Wolff

Nov. 27, 1925-Dec. 3, 2008

Elmer J. Wolff, 83, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at St. Mary's Innovis Health Center in Detroit Lakes.

Elmer John Wolff was born to Rudolph and Margaret (Sauter) Wolff on Nov. 27, 1925, in Harvey, N.D. He served as a medical technician in the United States Army during World War II, including a stint in Okinawa, and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

Elmer married Betty Geiss on May 4, 1956 in Mandan, N.D. After their marriage they made their home in Bismarck. Elmer worked for Swift & Company for 36 years. During his career, Elmer and Betty lived in Bismarck and Minot, N.D., and in 1969, they moved to Detroit Lakes. Elmer retired in 1983.

Elmer particularly enjoyed and excelled at his roles as husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was looking forward to introducing the latest generation to fishing at the fish hatchery. Elmer enjoyed playing the trombone, singing and whistling. He also took pride in his gardening and yard work. He will be missed at the mall and the beach for his morning walks.

Elmer will be remembered and missed by his wife of 53 years, Betty Wolff; two daughters, Kathy (Grant) Getman of Phoenix, Ariz., and Diana (Jay) Horn of Concord, N.C.; four granddaughters; one great granddaughter; as well as his sisters, Eleanor Hillstrom and Helen (Steve) Weston, both of Minneapolis. His parents preceded Elmer in death.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with a 6:30 p.m. Rosary service followed by a Prayer Service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family. An online guest book is available at