Carl was born on
April 6, 1927 to Carl Adolf, Sr. and Clara (Stahlecker) Adolf and raised on the
family farm north of Bethune. As a baby, Carl was baptized at the Immanuel
Lutheran Church. While attending this church, during his childhood he attended
confirmation classes, first under the German Language and then again under the
English Language, and was expected to memorize Psalm 119; all 176 verses. He
attended the old brick school in Bethune through the eighth grade. Carl quit
school to devote his time working on the farm with his father and neighbors.
Later he was
drafted into the army, receiving his training in Ft. Ord, CA and Osaka, Japan
where he became a pharmacist. After his honorable discharge, Carl returned home
where he married the love of his life, Betty Flider. There were married for 59
years and 11 months to the day and blessed with four children.
Carl made his
living through farming, carpentry, with his father, and later delivering mail.
He was a God fearing man who taught many years of Sunday School. He was a
craftsman in wood and metal with his creative mind and skilled hands.
He also used his
gift to extend his love and devotion for the Bethune School in creating and
building games and prizes for their carnival and making repairs on the school
He is survived by
his wife, Betty; his four children Arlinda Wardlow, Karen Sue Holmes, Doyle
Adolf and Kathy Webb and their spouses; thirteen grandchildren; along with his
siblings Lil Schaal, Joan Koss, Ray Adolf, Clord Adolf and their families.
He is preceded in
death by his parents Carl Adolf Sr. and Clara; siblings Everett Adolf, Fern
Jefferson and brother Irvin Adolf.