DIXON – Rodney Unger Wolf, 73, of Dixon, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at his home after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.
Rodney was born May 5, 1940, in Dixon, the son of George M. and Dorothy L. (Hoover) Wolf. He attended Red Brick School, a one-room school, for 8 years. He was a 1958 graduate of Amboy High School. While in school, he enjoyed playing the coronet in the band, as well as being an artist. Rodney earned the State Sheep Proficiency Award and received State Farmer and American Farmer degrees while in FFA. He also was a member of the Eldena Wonder Workers 4-H club.
Rodney married Marian Pitzer on March 25, 1962. While living at Echo Bank Farm, Rodney enjoyed a lifetime of grain, sheep, and dairy farming. Along with his family, he showed Oxford sheep at the local county and state fairs. He also was a recipient of the Outstanding Jaycees Young Farmer award in 1975. He was a member of the Illinois Oxford Association, Lee County Farm Bureau, Luther League, and Lutheran Brotherhood. He also served on the Eldena Co-Op Board for many years as well as being a part of his church council at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nachusa, where he was a lifetime member.
After semi-retirement from farming, he enjoyed yard work, gardening and sharing his vegetables and sweet corn with his family and friends. Rodney also enjoyed helping his wife, Marian, with cake decorating, and they enjoyed traveling together. His favorite places to travel to included Las Vegas, Branson, Mo., and Gettysburg, Pa., to see his relatives. He especially enjoyed a trip to Hawaii for his 50th wedding anniversary. He loved taking each of his grandchildren by train to Chicago for their eighth grade graduation, as well as a trip to Vegas and California for their high school graduation. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchild were his pride and joy.
He will be missed dearly by his wife; two daughters, Annette (Elmer) Rahn of Mount Carroll and Karen (Steve) Becker of Amboy; one son, Loren Wolf and Michelle Knight of Dixon; grandchildren, Justin Rahn, Correy (Kellie) Rahn, Darrin Rahn, Rachel Rahn and Mitchel Rahn, Stacey Ewald, Abbey (Joe) Kelly, and Brent Ewald, Aaron (Jillian) Wolf and Jeremy Wolf; stepgrandchildren, Brittany Becker, Ashley Becker, and Zachary Becker; great-grandchild, Austin Rahn; numerous nieces and nephews; brother, Raymond Wolf of Nachusa; and sister-in-law, LaVonne Wolf of Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Royal Eugene and George “Bob” Wolf.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Brant Clements, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. A celebration of life luncheon will follow the burial at Rodney’s childhood farm, 1196 McGirr Road, Dixon.
Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church and Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
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