Marvin Volzke could fix anything
Funeral services for Marvin Volzke, 83, of Aberdeen, were held Saturday, May 11, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church in Selby.
Burial was at Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Marvin passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, at Good Samaritan Center in Selby.
Marvin Volzke was born Dec. 27, 1929, on the family farm near Pollock to Richard and Carrie (Maier) Volzke. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mound City. He attended country school and some high school before having to quit and help on the family farm.
In 1949, he met Phyllis Brockel at the café in Herreid. On May 23, 1951, Marvin and Phyllis were united in marriage in Eureka.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1951. He was discharged in November of 1953 and returned to the area.
He farmed at various places until 1958 when they moved onto Phyllis’ parents’ homestead. They remained on their place until 2001 when they moved to Aberdeen. Besides doing his own farming, he also did various custom jobs for farmers in Walworth and Campbell counties. He retired from farming in 1986 and began working at the Campbell County Soil Conservation Office as a service tech, which he did until 1996.
Marvin was known for his welding and being able to fix anything on the farm. He was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He taught his family how to farm at a young age. He was a member of the Frederick-Schauer American Legion Post #100 in Selby for more than 30 years and commander for six of those years. He was a school board member at Bertesch Country School, a board member at the Java Co-op, a member of the Mound City Lions Club and St. John Lutheran Church in Selby. Despite fighting macular degeneration of a number of years, he still enjoyed coffee with friends in Selby, playing cards and a game of pool, riding his scooter to the see the trains in Aberdeen and attending dinners with his family.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis of Aberdeen; sons, Ronald of Aberden, Dennis (Marlys) of Aberdeen, and Roger (Cheryl Miller) of Java; daughters, Peggy (Jeff) Schick of Mina, and Nina (Dale) Schick of Herreid; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Judy) Volzke of Herreid; and brother-in-law, Donald Brenner of California.
Casket bearers were Frederick-Schauer American Legion Post #100.
Honorary casket bearers were his grandchildren, Lauren (Jamie) Volzke, Lynnae (Dane) Happ, Natalie Volzke, Marie Volzke, Christopher Volzke, Lasandra (Garrett) Wilson, Elizabeth Volzke, Courtney Schick, Jessica Schick, Corey (Becky) Schick, Dominic Schick and great-grandchildren, Tetyanna, Rylie, Jade, Isaiah, Joseph and Maysi.