William John ‘Bill’ Volckmann
March 12, 1926 – June 29, 2012
William J. “Bill” Volckmann, O.D., of Waukesha, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Friday, June 29, 2012, at his home at the age of 86. He was born in South Milwaukee on March 12, 1926, the only child of William G. and Cecelia Marie (nee Klaiser) Volckmann.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Guam as the communications officer. Dr. Volckmann attended the Northern Illinois College of Optometry, where he graduated with honors in 1949. On Feb. 16, 1952, he married the former Lois Moore in Waukegan, Ill. In 1959, he and his family moved to Waukesha to start his own practice as an optometrist. He had an office in Estberg’s Jewelry Store until he went into optometric partnership with Al Walke on Grand Avenue. In 1978, Dr. Volckmann opened his own optometric practice in Waukesha on Sunset Drive. Sunset Vision Center became a family business with Dr. Volckmann and his wife, Lois, working side by side. They served the Waukesha community until 1996, when Dr. Volckmann and Lois retired. He was a member of the Waukesha Noon Lions Club for 56 years, where he was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award and a member of the Lions Eye Bank. Dr. Volckmann was president of the Board of Directors for Headstart from 1970 to 2010. He was a longtime member of the Waukesha Bible Church, where he taught Sunday school, was head usher, treasurer and chairman of the Mission Committee. Dr. Volckmann served in Awana for many years and went on five different mission trips. Other memberships include the Waukesha Town Board of Appeals and the Southside Business Council.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Lois; their children, Marie Hill Volckmann of Muskego, Paul (Jan) Volckmann of South Milwaukee, Patti (Peter) Larson of Delafield and Mark (Jill) Volckmann of Waukesha; and his eight grandchildren, Jayson Hyman, Rachel (Charlie Nelson) Hyman, Natalie (Matt) Racine, William “Bill” Volckmann Jr., Clayton Volckmann, MacKenzie Volckmann, Heather (Jimmy) Litkenhus and Haley (Zach) Sublett.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, William Michael Volckmann.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Thursday, July 5, at Waukesha Bible Church, S53-W24079 Glendale Road, Waukesha. Private family graveside services with full military honors will be held Friday, July 6, at Prairie Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066; the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, 2401 American Lane, Madison, WI 53704; or to the Waukesha Noon Lions Club, P.O. Box 1004, Waukesha, WI 53187.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.