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Robert M. "Rod" Wolf

Posted on 12/5/2016, 10:02 AM

HARRISBURG -- Robert M. "Rod" Wolf, 63, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Saint Louis University Hospital.

Rod was born June 5, 1953, in Evansville, Indiana, to Thomas Joseph and Margaret Gertrude (Horn) Wolf. He married Melinda Kidd on July 21, 1990, and she survives in Harrisburg. Rod graduated with his undergraduate studies from Notre Dame University in 1975. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1978. He earned his Masters of Law at Emory University in Atlanta in 1979. He was a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois and served Saline County as state"s attorney from 1988 to 2004. He was a former member of Saline County Bar Association and a member of St. Mary"s Catholic Church in Harrisburg.

At Harrisburg High School, Rod wrestled and played football. Rod was a Civil War buff and an avid Notre Dame fan. He loved Coca-Cola and enjoyed barbeque and making BBQ sauce. What Rod loved most, though, was his family and time spent with them.

Survivors include his wife, Melinda Wolf; two daughters, Meredith Wolf and Micaylen Wolf, both of Harrisburg; brother, Thomas Wolf and wife Janet of Marion; sister, Diane Bender and husband John of Evansville, Indiana; sister-in-law, Melody Sexton of Carmi; uncles, Dr. Peter John Horn and wife Lea of Spokane, Washington, Dr. Paul Conrad Horn and wife Barbara of Cape Girardeau and Frank J. "Bud" Wolf of Eldorado; nieces and nephews, Thomas John Bender, Katherine D. Bender, Tommy Wolf, Julie Wolf, Jennifer Godfrey, Will Godfrey and Kathleen Godfrey; cousins, Jennifer Horn and Maryanne, Joe, Greg and Karen Wolf; and lifelong friends, Paul Myers Jr., Rick Lane and Tony Chrisman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Margaret Wolf; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert C. and Beulah Mae Kidd; and brother-in-law, Joseph M. Sexton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in St. Mary"s Catholic Church in Harrisburg with Father Abraham Adejoh officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mayo Clinic"s "Brains Together for a Cure" in consideration of his wife, Melinda. Envelopes with more information will be available at the funeral home.

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